January 26, 2023
Drosanthemum floribundum

Drosanthemum floribundum

Drosanthemum floribundum is a succulent plant, a trailing perennial. It is part of the Aizoaceae (or commonly known Ice Plant) family of plants. It is native to South Africa. Drosanthemum floribundum is also known as Mesembryanthemum hispidium var. palladium, Mesembryanthemum floribundum, Mesembryanthemum torquatum, Rodondo Creeper, Pale Dew-Plant, Purple Carpet, Ice Plant, or Dew-Flower.

Drosanthemum floribundum is a low-growing ground cover. It grows to about 6in or 15cm tall. It is a valuable addition to any drought-tolerant landscape design. It flowers in late spring continuing in the summer and in mild climates even longer.

Drosanthemum floribundum
Drosanthemum floribundum

If you have ever traveled to Pacific Grove in California, you will be impressed by the presence of this flower. It has naturalized there and covered a lot of areas and since the flowers open up with light and the sun, on a sunny day it blankets the landscape with the pink color of its flowers.

Drosanthemum floribundum leaves are cylindrical or triangular. Butterflies and bees are attracted to these flowers and also pollinate them. They are drought-tolerant, frost-tolerant, and very hardy. They do self-seed. Drosanthemum floribundum lasts around seven years.

Propagate from seeds in spring. The seeds should not be planted deep as they will not germinate. The germination period is about 7 days.

Drosanthemum floribundum
Drosanthemum floribundum

Drosanthemum floribundum loves the sun in fact the flower opens when it is warmer and bright then it closes in the evening or on cold gloomy days.

Plant them in fertile soil but well-drained. Avoid letting it grow on pavements as stepping on the plant could be very slippery. You may also propagate by stem cuttings.

Drosanthemum floribundum
Drosanthemum floribundum

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