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Variegated Baby Sun Rose

Mesembryanthemum cordifolium 'Variegata'

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Variegated Baby Sun Rose (Mesembryanthemum cordifolium 'Variegata') at Green Thumb Nursery

Variegated Baby Sun Rose flowers

Variegated Baby Sun Rose flowers

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Variegated Baby Sun Rose (Mesembryanthemum cordifolium 'Variegata') at Green Thumb Nursery

Variegated Baby Sun Rose foliage

Variegated Baby Sun Rose foliage

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Height:  4 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9a

Other Names:  Heart-leaved Aptenia, Aptenia cordifolia


This succulent groundcover plant produces bright magenta-red flowers over cream edged, green foliage in summer; blooms only open in mid-day sun; an interesting plant to include in a rockery, or a combination planter; used for soil retention as well

Ornamental Features

Variegated Baby Sun Rose features dainty clusters of fuchsia daisy flowers with red overtones and gold eyes held atop the stems from mid spring to late summer. Its attractive small succulent heart-shaped leaves remain green in color with distinctive creamy white edges and tinges of gray throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Variegated Baby Sun Rose is a dense spreading evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Variegated Baby Sun Rose is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Variegated Baby Sun Rose will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 3 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Variegated Baby Sun Rose is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features