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baby sun-rose, dew plant, heartleaf iceplant

Habit Plants short-lived.

3–6 dm;

internodes 1–5 cm; often rooting at nodes.


blades 1–3 × 0.5–5 cm, minutely papillate, appearing smooth.


solitary flowers;

axillary pedicel 8–15 mm.


hypanthium 6–7 mm;

calyx lobes 2–5 mm;

petals 80, reflexed, pink to purple (red in hybrid cultivar “Red Apple”), 3–4 mm;

staminodia 50, erect, white, 3 mm.


13–15 mm.


= 18.

Aptenia cordifolia

Phenology Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat Disturbed places, coastal bluffs, margins of coastal wetlands, 0-100 m
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The flowers of Aptenia cordifolia open during the bright hours of the day.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 4, p. 84.
Parent taxa Aizoaceae > Aptenia
Synonyms Mesembryanthemum cordifolium
Name authority (Linnaeus f.) Schwantes: Gartenflora, 57: 69. (1928)
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