Dorotheanthus bellidiformis (Annual Iceplant, Mixed) is a low-growing annual succulent plant that belongs to the Aizoaceae family. This plant is known for its vibrant and eye-catching flowers and its ability to withstand hot and dry conditions.
Annual Iceplant typically forms a dense mat of trailing or spreading foliage, reaching a height of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters). The succulent leaves are cylindrical or finger-like, fleshy, and often covered in a waxy coating that gives them a shimmering appearance. The foliage is typically green or gray-green in color, but it can vary depending on the specific cultivar.
The flowers of Dorotheanthus bellidiformis are the main highlight of this plant. They bloom in a variety of colors, including shades of pink, purple, yellow, orange, and white. The flowers are daisy-like and consist of multiple petals radiating from a central disk. The petals are often two-toned or have a contrasting eye at the center, adding to their visual appeal. The blooms open during the day and close at night.
One of the notable characteristics of Annual Iceplant is its ability to thrive in hot and dry conditions. It is often used for ground cover in arid or coastal areas, as it can tolerate salty and sandy soils. The succulent nature of the plant helps it retain water, making it well-suited for drought-tolerant landscapes.
Dorotheanthus bellidiformis 'Mixed' is a cultivar that offers a diverse mix of flower colors within the same plant or a collection of plants. The mix creates a stunning and vibrant display of colors, adding visual interest and beauty to garden beds, containers, or rock gardens.
Caring for Annual Iceplant involves providing it with full sun exposure to promote optimal growth and flowering. It requires well-drained soil and minimal watering once established, as overwatering can lead to root rot. This plant is known for its low maintenance and ability to thrive in challenging conditions.
Annual Iceplant is often used in xeriscaping or water-wise gardening due to its ability to withstand dry spells. It is also suitable for coastal gardens, rockeries, or as a colorful ground cover in sunny areas. With their vibrant flowers and resilient nature, Dorotheanthus bellidiformis 'Mixed' adds a splash of color and beauty to landscapes, even in challenging environments.
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Scientific Name: Dorotheanthus Bellidiformis
Common Name: Annual Iceplant, Mixed
Plant Type: Annuals
Native Range: South Africa
Full Growth Height: 4-8 inches
Zone: 10 to 11
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer
Attracts: Humming Birds, Butterflies
Flower Color: Mixed Colors
Resistant: Drought, Deer, Clay Soil, Dry Soil
Water Requirement: Low, Average
Soil Type: Well-drained, Dry
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral, Acid
Garden Uses: Borders, Beds, Ground Covers