Aptenia cordifolia

(Baby Sun Rose)

By November 22, 2023
Some heart shaped variegated green leaves with magenta flowers from a Aptenia Cordifolia, Baby Sun Rose, groundcover

About Aptenia cordifolia (Baby Sun Rose)

This low-growing succulent is called Aptenia Cordifolia. Native to South Africa, this sun loving succulent perennial is salt and drought tolerant. Fleshy, green, heart-shaped leaves with variegated white edges fill trailing stems forming a dense carpet. From spring through summer small magenta flowers bloom closely resembling a daisy flower. Reaching an average mature landscape size of 6-12” x 24-36”, this variety has a rounded, aggressive spreading growth habit that can easily fill a 3′ wide space. 

Care And Planting Instructions 

Plant Baby Sun Rose in an area that receives full sun and plant using a well draining soil. Water regularly after planting to help it establish well, then reduce frequency. Once established, this variety is tolerant to both coastal and drought conditions. During the spring a general fertiliser can be used

Landscape Design Ideas

This variety is exceptionally easy care and ideal for those seeking plants for a low maintenance, water-wise landscape designs. When planted in multiples, this variety can be used for erosion control on hillsides or slopes. It can be planted in hanging containers or along edges for a cascading look and can be used in any style landscape design but looks especially nice when used in rock style gardens and Coastal landscape designs. 

Botanical Name: Aptenia cordifolia

Common Name: Baby Sun Rose

Average Landscape Size: 6-12” x 24-36”

Plant Type: Deciduous

Bloom Color: Magenta

Foliage Color: Variegated green

Forms: Bush

Sizes: 1 gallon

Special Features: Drought Tolerant, Easy Pruning, Good For Erosion Control, Good For Mass Plantings, Low Maintenance, Waterwise,