Lampranthus blandus Schwantes
This species is native to South Africa (Eastern Cape and Western Cape).
Lampranthus blandus is a succulent shrublet with erect to decumbent branches that bear fleshy trigonous leaves. It grows up to 24 inches (60 cm) tall. Leaves are up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and up to 0.15 inches (0.4 cm) wide. Flowers are white to pale pink, up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, and appear solitary or in groups of 2 to 3 from mid-spring to early summer. Fruits are up to 0.5 inches )1.3 cm) long, have a shape of an inverted cone, and contain pale brown seeds.
The specific epithet "blandus (BLAN-dus)" means "pleasant, seductive, flattering" and probably refers to the attractive appearance when the plant is in bloom.
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 of the particular species.
Water the plants immediately after planting, but 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 need watering only during extended dry periods.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Lampranthus.
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