Baby sunrose is part of the Aptenia genus and its scientific name is Aptenia cordifolia.
This plant is a fast-growing succulent that produces red, pink or purple flowers. It is a great ground cover on areas that are not walked upon. It will suppress weeds as it grows on top of itself forming a tight surface that does not let sun shine through.
Low growing and branching freely, it has small, light green, oval-shaped leaves. The leaves are succulent and covered with little crystal like glands. The flowers look like miniature asters and bloom in spring, summer and fall.
It is ideal in coastal gardens as it tolerates sea spray and grows well in sandy soil. It can be used in rockeries or outcrops, terraced slopes and along roadside embankments. It grows in full sun or semi-shade, and can be planted underneath trees.
It is a flowering succulent / flower that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.
Baby sunrose is known for its ground covering habit and growing to a height of approximately 10.16 cm (3.96 inches). Expect blooming to occur in mid summer.
This plant is a great attractor for butterflies and bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Baby sunrose is a great choice.
Baby sunrose is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.
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How to grow Baby sunrose
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Starts easily from cuttings. Will grow in full sun or dappled shade. Great to grow in hanging baskets. Keep the soil on the dry side. Too much moisture can cause the roots to rot.
Bring your containers indoors when temperature drops below 50 degrees F (10 degrees C).
Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 9 – Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Baby sunrose requires a sandy and loamy soil with a ph of 6.1 – 7.8 – it grows best in weakly acidic soil – weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Baby sunrose is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.