Lampranthus blandus Schwantes
Pink Vygie, Ice Plant
Lampranthus blandus is a succulent shrub that grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. In containers, it only gets up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall. Leaves are gray-green with translucent dots, 3-sided, and up to 2 inches (5 cm) long. It is a free bloomer and can literally be covered in pale pink flowers all summer long.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Lampranthus thrive in well-drained, poor soils and are suitable for soils with a sandy or rocky texture, although they will grow in almost any soil type. They tolerate exposure to salt and thrive in coastal conditions.
Plant rooted cuttings in spring after the possibility of frost has passed. Space the cuttings 6 to 24 inches (15 to 60 cm) apart for trailing species, using closer spacing for quicker coverage. Dig a hole just a little larger than the roots at the cutting's base. Put the roots in the hole, cover them with soil, and tamp the soil firmly in place. For erect or mounding species, space them according to the mature dimensions for the particular species.
Water the plants immediately after planting, but then let the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil dry before watering again. Water your plants in this manner through the first spring and summer they are in place. They are drought-tolerant once established when they will need watering only during extended dry periods.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Lampranthus.
Lampranthus blandus is native to South Africa (Cape Province).
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