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Dorotheanthus bellidiformis

   (Family: Mesembryanthemaceae)
Afrikaans: Bokbaaivygie English: Buck Bay vygie, Livingstone Daisy, Ice Plant  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Groundcover
Height: 0.3m
Spread: 0.1m
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily),
Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water)
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
Flower shape
Flower type
  Flower info
  Shiny colourful flowers. The flowers are single and may reach up to 5 cm across. They vary in colour from white to pink and shades of orange and yellow. Flowering is from August to mid October.
  Leaf info EDIT
  Flat leaves that spread slightly as the plants grow older. The leaves are small, green in colour and covered with shiny dots.
  Seed info EDIT
  The fruits are dry, soft and have 5 valves that open when it is wet to distribute the seeds.
Description EDIT
Attractive annual succulent with shiny colourful flowers.
Growing EDIT
Best propagated from seed, as they are annuals. Seeds can be sown in trays in March in a light and moist soil medium. Germination will take place between one and three weeks after sowing. Transplanting of seedlings can be done four to five weeks after germination.

Seeds can also be sown straight on to a prepared flower bed. The soil should be light, and well drained with added compost. Do not allow the soil to dry out.
Distribution EDIT
Grows mostly in the flat, sandy plains near the sea on the Cape Peninsula and up the west coast especially near Ysterfontein and Darling.
These plants can be found from Namaqualand to Stilbaai in the Western Cape.
History EDIT
The name Dorotheanthus was given by Dr Martin Heinrich Schwantes in honour of his mother Dorothea.
The Bokbaaivygie is commonly used in rockery gardens to provide colour. It may also be used as a mass planting in flowerbeds for striking effect. It is also very attractive when planted between paving stones.
Ecology EDIT
This plant can be used in the garden to attract butterflies.
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