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Care of the plant Lampranthus multiradiatus or Red vygie.

Care of the succulent plant Lampranthus multiradiatus or Red vygie

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

Common names: Oxenbould daisy, Many-petalled Lampranthus, Red vygie, Rosy Dew Plant, Mini Ice Plant. Scientific synonyms: Mesembryanthemum multiradiatus, Lampranthus roseus. This species is native to South Africa.

They are evergreen succulent plants with a shrubby habit that reach 60 cm (23.6") in height. The triangular, fleshy and slightly curved leaves are grayish-green in color. The attractive, bright 4 cm (1.75") diameter flowers can be purple, cream, orange, pink, lilac, white or red. They bloom from late spring to early summer.

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

Lampranthus multiradiatus needs full sun exposure and high temperatures. They resist occasional frosts down to -5 ºC (23 ºF).

These plants grow in any type of soil that drains well: sandy, calcareous and poor. Planting or transplanting is done in spring.

Water moderately all year long, waiting for the substrate to dry well; they are very resistant to drought.

Fertilize with compost in late winter.

They do not need pruning but faded flowers can be removed.

They are plants resistant to pests and diseases that do not resist excess humidity.

They propagate from seeds sown in mid-winter or by cuttings in early fall.

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Lampranthus multiradiatus
Lampranthus multiradiatus
Lampranthus multiradiatus
Lampranthus multiradiatus