Drosanthemum micans (L.) Schwant.
This species is native to South Africa. It occurs mainly in the karroid areas in the Worcester and Robertson lowlands in the Western Cape province.
Drosanthemum micans is a densely branched succulent shrublet with scabrid branches that bear subcylindrical papillate leaves. It has a fibrous root system and grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. Leaves are opposite, thick, fleshy, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and 0.15 inches (0.4 cm) in diameter. In spring, the stems are topped with solitary flowers, each with yellow petals with red tips, creating a showy floral display. Flowers are up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and appear on an up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long pedicel. Fruits are 5-locular capsules with tiny, round, medium brown seeds.
USDA hardiness zones 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' adaptability and follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.
Mesembs 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.
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.
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