Cleretum bellidiforme (Burman f.) G.D.Rowley
Cleretum criniflorum, Cleretum cuneifolium, Cleretum flos-solis, Cleretum limpidum, Cleretum muirii, Cleretum oculatum, Dorotheanthus acuminatus, Dorotheanthus bellidiformis, Dorotheanthus bidouwensis, Dorotheanthus criniflorus, Dorotheanthus flos-solis, Dorotheanthus hallii, Dorotheanthus littlewoodii, Dorotheanthus luteus, Dorotheanthus martinii, Dorotheanthus muirii, Dorotheanthus oculatus, Dorotheanthus stayneri, Dorotheanthus ulularis, Mesembryanthemum bellidiforme (basionym), Mesembryanthemum criniflorum, Mesembryanthemum cuneifolium, Mesembryanthemum flos-solis, Mesembryanthemum limpidum, Mesembryanthemum spathulatum, Micropterum cuneifolium, Micropterum limpidum, Stigmatocarpum criniflorum
Cleretum bellidiforme is a low-growing succulent annual, up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall, that forms a low groundcover with several spreading branches. Leaves are green or maroon-tinted with notably, bladder-shaped surface cells modified for water storage. Flowers are daisy-like, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter, in shades of white, yellow, orange, cream, pink and crimson.
It is grown as an annual plant, so it has no USDA hardiness zone.
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 which are not especially large and sometimes very small, and affects the way they need to be treated in cultivation.
The basics of 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.
These plants 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. There are some Mesembs which 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.
Cleretum bellidiforme is native to the Cape Peninsula in South Africa.
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