Cleretum bellidiforme (Burman f.) G.D.Rowley
Dorotheanthus bellidiformis, Mesembryanthemum bellidiforme
Cleretum bellidiforme is an annual succulent that grows up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall, forming a ground cover with spreading branches. The leaves are green or maroon-tinted with bladder-shaped surface cells modified for water storage.
The flowers are daisy-like, about up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter, and appear 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 that 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' 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 withstand 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.
Cleretum bellidiforme is native to the Cape Peninsula in South Africa.
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