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Care of the plant Lampranthus aureus or Golden vygie.

Care of the succulent plant Lampranthus aureus or Golden vygie

The genus Lampranthus, family Aizoaceae, comprises 250 species of succulent plants native to southern Africa. Some species are: Lampranthus aureus, Lampranthus zeyheriLampranthus amoenus, Lampranthus blandus, Lampranthus multiradiatus, Lampranthus spectabilis, Lampranthus falcatus.

Common name: Golden vygie. This species is native to South Africa.

They are succulent plants with erect stems that reach 50 cm (19.68") in height. They have small fleshy bluish-green leaves. The abundant and showy flowers are yellow or orange. They bloom from the second half of winter to mid-spring.

They are used in rockeries, on slopes and in pots for terraces and balconies. They are ideal plants for dry areas of the garden and for Mediterranean coastal gardens. They resist pollution from cities.

Lampranthus aureus needs full sun exposure to bloom. They resist occasional frosts down to -5 ºC (23 ºF).

They can grow in any type of well-drained soil that is not very chalky. Planting or transplanting is done in spring.

Water moderately waiting for the substrate to dry; they are very resistant to drought.

Fertilize in early spring with compost.

Prune after flowering to control growth and to remove faded flowers.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests but sensitive to excessive watering.

They propagate easily by cuttings in early fall. It's convenient to renew the plants every 4 years. They also propagate from seeds sown after flowering or in late winter.

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Lampranthus aureus
Lampranthus aureus
Lampranthus aureus
Lampranthus aureus