Lapidaria margaretae (Schwantes) Dinter & Schwantes
Karoo Rose, Kangaroo Rose
Mesembryanthemum margaretae, Argyroderma margaretae, Argyroderma roseatum, Dinteranthus margaretae
Lapidaria margaretae is a beautiful succulent that looks similar to Lithops and Dinteranthus. It has 2 to 4 pairs of leaves. Each leaf is up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) wide. Clumps of up to 3 rosettes may be formed with age. The solitary flower is yellow and up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. It opens during the day and can eclipse the plant.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Mesembs are mostly adapted to relatively predictable rainfall patterns rather than extreme drought and irregular rainfall. Total rainfall may be extremely low, but water is available at least seasonally or through fog and condensation. This leads to or allows plants that are not especially large and sometimes very small and affect how they need to be treated in cultivation.
The basics of care are very simple: 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.
These plants 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.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Mesembs.
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