Mesembryanthemum cordifolium

Mesembryanthemum cordifolium

  • Mesembryanthemum cordifolium
  • Mesembryanthemum cordifolium
  • Mesembryanthemum cordifolium
  • Mesembryanthemum cordifolium
  • Flower name
    Mesembryanthemum cordifolium
  • Scientific name
    Mesembryanthemum cordifolium
  • AliasAptenia cordifolia, Baby sun rose, サンローズ, Mesembryanthemum cordifolium, ベビーサンローズ, ハナツルソウ, ハナツルクサ
  • Place of originSouth Africa
  • Place of floweringGarden
  • Flowering seasonJuly, August, September, October, November

What is Mesembryanthemum cordifolium

Mesembryanthemum cordifolium or baby sun rose (scientific name: Mesembryanthemum cordifolium) is a creeping, semi-tolerant, evergreen perennial (succulent) plant native to South Africa in the family Aizoaceae, genus Mesembryanthemum. Its former scientific name is Aptenia cordifolia. It is also known as Baby Sun Rose or Aptenia. The grass is low in height. The leaves are green, shiny, thick-walled and rubbery. The leaves are heart-shaped with a pointed tip. From summer to autumn, small red (typical color) or pink flowers similar to those of the pine needle chrysanthemum bloom from under the leaves. The petals are derived from the stamens. Some variegata have white leaf margins. The leaves are edible and are rich in carotenoids and trace elements such as potassium and magnesium. The leaves can be cooked in hot water to remove the bitterness and eaten as a salad.

Common name: Mesembryanthemum cordifolium, scientific name: Mesembryanthemum cordifolium, former scientific name: Aptenia cordifolia, also known as Baby Sun Rose, Sun Rose, Aptenia cordifolia, Origin: Southern South Africa, Type of life: Succulent, Grass height: 5-10 cm, Flowering season: July-October, Flower color: Red or peach, Flower diameter: 1.5 cm, Number of sepals: 5, Fruit type: capsule.


  • Eye
    Caryophyllales
  • Family
    Aizoaceae
  • Genus
    Mesembryanthemum
  • Species
    M. cordifolium
  • Type of flower
    Radial symmetrical flower
  • Array of flower
    Monopetal inflorescence
  • Petal shape
    Lip shaped
  • Leaf type
    Spatula-shaped
  • Edge of the leaf
    All edges
  • Life typecreeping, semi-tolerant, evergreen perennial (succulent) plant
  • Flower colorsRed Pink
  • Colors of the leavesGreen
  • Fruit colorGreen
  • Height5.0 ~ 10.0 cm
  • Diameter of flower1.5 ~ 1.5 cm

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