BERGERANTHUS

These are stemless, very succulent plants. The leaves are long and generally pointed, forming rosettes. The flowers appear in June and July and are yellow. The growing period is in summer, and in winter the plants should be kept dry. They are easy to flower and easy to propagate from seed and cuttings. All are natives of Cape Province.

Bergeranthus multiceps. The species forms clumps of rosettes, with leaves 2 to 4 inches long. The flowers are yellow with a reddish tinge on the outside.

Bergeranthus scapiger. The leaves are long, 3 to 5 inches, and dark green. Flowers, golden-yellow, reddish on the outside. The plant is of larger proportion than B. multiceps.

Bergeranthus vespertinus. Intermediate between the two previous species. The leaves are erect at first, but later more or less prostrate, with a grey-green surface with some darker dots, and rather wrinkled. The flowers are yellow.

CARPOBROTUS. Natives of Cape Province, these are plants with prostrate branches. The leaves are large, 3 to 4 inches long, and triangular in section. The flowers are also large; red, yellow, yellowish-pink, or purple. They grow well in rich soil and propagate best from cuttings.

Carpobrotus acinaciforme. The leaves are about 3} inches long. The flower, about 5 inches in diameter, is a bright carmine-purple, opening at midday. Flowering season, July to November.

Carpobrotus edulis. The branches are angular, up to 3 feet long, the leaves angled, with the keel finely toothed. The flowers, 3 to 4 inches in diameter, are yellow to pink or purple, opening at midday.

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