Mesembryanthemum, Dew Plant, Heartleaf Ice Plant, Variegated Baby Sunrose 'Variegata'

Mesembryanthemum cordifolium

Family: Aizoaceae (ay-zoh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mesembryanthemum (mes-em-bry-ANTH-ee-mum) (Info)
Species: cordifolium (kor-di-FOH-lee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata
Synonym:Aptenia cordifolia




Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Good Fall Color


Foliage Color:

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

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Soil pH requirements:

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

August, California

San Jose, California

Ellendale, Delaware

Lakeland, Florida(2 reports)

Melbourne, Florida

Naples, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Bryan, Texas

Houston, Texas

Lockhart, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Roanoke, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

San Angelo, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 30, 2018, Rests from Bryan, TX wrote:

Great plant for areas where nothing else will grow. Very nice ground cover. Don't waste your money buying a lot of these plants. Just cut off a piece and stick in the ground and water it for few days. It will start rooting in about 5 days. I have probably rooted at least 20 plants from the mother plant. It will freeze here in south central Texas, but always have at least one plant in a container to root new plants from. It is a stellar plant to grow. Doesn't have the showy flowers that other plants have, but the variegated plant is showy by itself.
Just an all round good plant to grow!


On Jun 18, 2012, BustaBella from Melbourne, FL wrote:

The best plant ever !!! I live in central Florida and was looking for a plant that can handle the heat. It looks beautiful in my planters paired with Draceana Marginata.So hardy ! So easy and it grows and grows ! The little pink flowers pop out all over. Anyone who sees it wants to buy it.It gets so thick and lush.It also can be used as ground cover which I am sure is great.


On Jun 11, 2005, mkjones from Aurora, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Lovely little dew. The foliage is wonderful, and the tiny pink blooms are a nice contrast. This dew needs more air ventilation than its plain leaf counterpart, so it's best not to let it get too crowded (or run over by the plain leaf!). Easy to prop and a nice accent plant in a pot.