Drosanthemum speciosum (Haw.) Schwantes
Royal Dewflower, Dew Flower, Dew Flower Ice Plant, Red Ice Plant, Ice Plant, Red Bush Ice Plant, Showy Dewflower, Worcester-Robertson Vygie
Mesembryanthemum speciosum, Drosanthemum pickhardii, Drosanthemum splendens
Drosanthemum speciosum is a small, very colorful succulent shrub with fleshy, green, tubular upwardly curved leaves on narrow woody stems. It grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. The flower color ranges from yellow through dark red. Flowers are a lighter color near the center. They appear from spring to summer and open in mid-morning through the afternoon, and may not open on cloudy days.
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.
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