Antimima ventricosa (L.Bolus) H.E.K.Hartmann
Mesembryanthemum ventricosum, Cheiridopsis ventricosa, Ruschia ventricosa
Antimima ventricosa is a small succulent shrub with basal branches and very short internodes. Leaves are opposite, joined at the base, silvery-green, waxed, and up to 4 inches (10 cm) long. Flowers are showy, pink to purple, daisy-like, and appear from late winter to early spring.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Mesembs are mostly adapted to relatively predictable rainfall patterns rather than extreme drought and irregular rainfall. Total rainfall may be extremely low, but water is available at least seasonally or through fog and condensation. This leads to or allows plants that are not especially large and sometimes very small and affects how they need to be treated in cultivation.
The basics of care are very simple: free-draining soil, plenty of sun and ventilation, and regular light watering in the right season. The difficulties are endless, trying to adapt to the Mesembs' adaptability and follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.
These plants require a loam-based compost with 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 fall as the temperature drops and the days get shorter.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Mesembs.
Antimima ventricosa is native to South Africa (Western Cape).
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