Oscularia pedunculata (N.E.Br.) Schwantes
Mesembryanthemum deltoides var. pedunculatum, Oscularia deltoides var. pedunculata
Oscularia pedunculata is a succulent groundcover with branching brownish-red stems and fleshy 3-angled leaves. It grows up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall with a spread of up to 3 feet (90 cm). The new growth of stems in fleshy becoming woody with age. Leaves are blue-gray with a tip tinged with red. Flowers are purplish-pink, pinwheel-shaped, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter, and appear from late spring into early summer. They open fully as the afternoon approaches.
USDA hardiness zones 8b to 11b: from 15 °F (−9.4 °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 affects the way they need to be treated in cultivation.
The basics of 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.
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.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Mesembs.
This species is native to South Africa.
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