Acrodon bellidiflorus (L.) N.E. Br.
Mesembryanthemum bellidiflorum, Acrodon duplessiae, Ruschia constricta, Ruschia duplessiae, Ruschia graminea, Ruschia longifolia, Ruschia macrophylla
Acrodon bellidiflorus is a succulent plant that branches near the base, forming small compact clumps of creeping stems and erect leaves. The leaves are bluish grey-green, triangular in cross-section, and up to 2 inches (5 cm) long. They grow in matched pairs, curving slightly inwards to each other at the tips at least until the next pair emerges, forcing the older pair outwards. Along the upper part of the margins and the leaf keel, one finds the defining tiny whitish, spaced, and cartilaginous teeth. The fall flowers are white with pinkish mid stripes and tips and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
The basics of Mesemb care are very simple, with free-draining soil, plenty of sun and ventilation, and regular light watering in the right season. Yet the difficulties are endless, trying to adapt to the Mesembs' own adaptability and to follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.
Mesembs require a loam-based compost with the addition of extra drainage material such as horticultural grit or perlite. They all like good light conditions and plenty of ventilation.
Some are relatively cold-hardy and can even survive mild winters outside. Most will survive temperatures down to the freezing point. Some Mesembs begin to grow in the autumn as the temperature drops and the days get shorter.
Because different genera within the Mesemb family have different growing conditions, care must be taken with watering. Some genera will benefit from light spray water to prevent shriveling during their dormant period.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Mesembs.
Native to South Africa (Southern Cape Province, Great Brak).
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