Mesembryanthemum cordifolium 'Variegatum'
Accepted Scientific Name
Aptenia cordifolia (L. f.) Schwantes
Baby Sun Rose, Heartleaf Ice Plant, Ice Plant
Aptenia cordifolia f. variegata, Aptenia cordifolia 'Variegata', Mesembryanthemum cordifolium f. variegatum
Mesembryanthemum cordifolium 'Variegatum', formerly known as Aptenia cordifolia 'Variegata', is a lovely mat-forming succulent with smooth green leaves with cream-colored margins and bright pink to purplish flowers. The leaves are heart-shaped and up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long. Flowers appear in summer and fall. Fruits are up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long capsules with brown tuberose seeds.
USDA hardiness zones 8a to 10b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Water Aptenia only when the soil is completely dry and then provide enough to drench the soil to a depth of about 6 inches (15 cm). To check for dryness, poke your finger into the soil. Never water if the soil feels damp or cool, as Aptenia, like all succulents, is prone to rot in soggy, waterlogged soil. Water Aptenia lightly during the winter if the leaves begin to look shriveled. Provide only enough water to moisten the soil as the plant deteriorates quickly in cool, damp soil.
Withhold fertilizer, which isn't needed and often results in a weak, floppy plant. Trim the plant as needed throughout the growing season, using pruners or garden shears to keep the plant tidy. Pot the plant and bring it indoors for the winter when nighttime temperatures drop below 50 °F (10 °C).
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aptenia.
This succulent is a form of Mesembryanthemum cordifolium selected for its variegated foliage.
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