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Drosanthemum micans (Robertson Vygie)

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Scientific Name

Drosanthemum micans (L.) Schwant.

Common Names

Robertson Vygie

Synonyms

Mesembryanthemum micans

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Genus: Drosanthemum

Description

Drosanthemum micans is a dense, compact shrublet that grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. It has a fibrous root system. Like all Drosanthemums, it is characterized by the dewdrop-like beads known as papillae found on the branches and flower stems. Leaves are opposite, fleshy, and narrow. Flowers have red outer petals with chrome yellow inner petals and appear in spring. The seeds are tiny, round, and medium brown.

Hardiness

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 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. 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 a light spray water to prevent shriveling during their dormant period.

See more at How to Grow and Care for Mesembs.

Origin

Native to South Africa and Namibia.

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