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Aptenia cordifolia

Baby Sun Rose (Heartleaf Iceplant)

Aptenia cordifolia is an evergreen and fast-growing succulent that siuts itself well as ground cover or beautiful hanging baskets.  Serves as an excellent bedding plant or ground cover for rock gardens or small garden areas. Aptenia is a fast-growing, evergreen, mat-forming perennial, growing in flat clumps on the ground.   The bright green leaves are fleshy, flat, heart oval shaped and up to 1.2 inches long. The flowers are red, pink and yellow.  Its flowers look like miniature asters and are a favorite of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

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  • »  Sprawling or cascading plant with succulent, bright green, heart-shaped leaves
  • »  A popular and widely use ground cover or creeping plant.
  • »  Flowers bloom primarily from spring to fall.

Interesting Notes

The leaves are applied as a poultice on wounds.  Baby Sun Rose is also used as a love and good luck charm  The flowers open when the sun is shining and remain closed on cloudy day and at night.

Growing and Maintenance Tips for Baby Sun Rose

Water only when the soil is completely dry, and then provide enough to drench the soil.  Do not water if the soil feels damp as this will promote root rot.  Allow only enough water to moisten the soil as the plant deteriorates quickly in damp or soggy soil.  Be sure to locate baby sunrose in the full sun. 

Additional Information
Height 2-6 in
Spread 8-16 in
Hardiness Zone 10-11
Bloom Color Pink
Foliage Color Green
Detailed Description for Aptenia

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