Shimmering colours and friendly daisy-like faces are the charms of these popular summer-flowering. Use them as ground cover on a rockery, in summer bedding and across sunny and dry banks.
Suitable site and soil. Plant them in full sun in well-drained soil. They do best in a light sandy soil.
Cultivation and care. Plant out in early summer. Deadheadregularly to prolong flowering.
Propagation. Sowin spring into good seed in trays and provide gentle heat. You can direct into flower-
M. occulahis ‘Yellow Ice’
Ing positions in late spring. Whenare growing well, thin out to leave 20cm – 8in spacing between plants.
Recommended varieties. Mesembryanthemum crinijlorum is available as mixed-colour seed collections. ‘Magic Carpet Mixed’ offers a rainbow of pastel pinks,and yellow to orange. Sometimes the flowers have a lighter shade or zoning near their centres. Botanists have changed this plant’s name and it may be labelled differently. The new name is Dorotheanthus bellidiformis. For plain yellow flowers, choose another species Mesembryanthemum occulatus ‘Yellow Ice’ (also known as ‘Lunette’). Its glowing flowers have a reddish central eye. It flowers early in summer and has a trailing habit that suits rockeries, edges or beds above walls.
Pests and diseases. Generally trouble free, but slugs enjoy its. It can succumb to foot rot, a fungal disease.
FAIR WEATHER FLOWERS
This sun-loving plant will not open if the sun is not shining. In wet weather, in the shade and on dull days it stays tightly shut. To get the best out of it plant it in full sun.