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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Aug 1, 2014 1:34 PM CST
I just got this myself and didn't know what it was. I thought it was a type of sedum but when the flower appeared I was puzzled. Now I have a name to check up on.
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Aug 1, 2014 1:38 PM CST
I think this is very closely related to Heart-Leaved Ice Plant, formerly called Aptenia. I still call it Aptenia, much easier to say than Mesembryanthemum. I seem to recall seeing some at the Semposium at Lynn's; somebody brought some to share, perhaps.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Aug 1, 2014 2:05 PM CST
Yes, Connie; Aptenia, easier to say and to spell though you went ahead and typed Mesebry.....(whatever)... anyway!
I bought mine right after the clinic on our way out of Salem and off I-5 at a small Ma & Pa nursery that was advertised on cardboard sign posted on a fence along the highway. It sits in a planter now and will probably need to move it when it overgrows out of it

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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Aug 1, 2014 2:39 PM CST
I'll add that cuttings are pretty easy to root. For me, it worked better to plant the cutting directly into the potting soil. Placing it in water wasn't very efficient (took too long). But I don't know what experience others have had with cuttings. It isn't frost hardy.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Aug 1, 2014 3:34 PM CST
Thanks for that info, Connie. Hopefully I won't have to bring indoors for the next winter...
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Aug 1, 2014 9:45 PM CST

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It can take some frost. I've been growing it in the ground in zone 9a for years.
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Aug 2, 2014 7:34 AM CST
zuzu said:It can take some frost. I've been growing it in the ground in zone 9a for years.


I think I'll bring mine in or take a cutting, the little frost probably wouldn't work here! Hilarious! Maybe Bev and Connie could get away with it though. Thanks Connie for the info about taking cuttings.
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Aug 2, 2014 11:32 AM CST
Yes, in Minnesota you better bring it in. I will bring mine in too because we got down to zero this past winter. I would grow it as an annual if I could count on replacement each year.

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