- Flower nameMesembryanthemum cordifolium
- Scientific nameMesembryanthemum 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.