PlantsMesembryanthemum→Baby Sunrose (Mesembryanthemum 'Red Apple')

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Baby Sunrose
Give a thumbs up Heartleaf Ice Plant

Botanical names:
Mesembryanthemum Accepted
Aptenia Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 2 to 4 inches
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: 3/4 to 1 inch long, bright apple-green leaves are oval to heart-shaped
Fruit: Other: Small capsules containing brown seeds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Beach Front
Uses: Erosion control
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Fire Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Parentage: Mesembryanthemum cordifolium x Mesembryanthemum haeckelianum


Photo gallery:
By mick64
Give a thumbs up
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-05-31
By chelle
Give a thumbs up
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-05-27
By chelle
Give a thumbs up
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-10
By chelle
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2012-11-28Four-chambered - seeds are black with a rough surface
By chelle
Give a thumbs up
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-28
By chelle
Give a thumbs up

Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Mar 2, 2020 2:50 PM

This succulent groundcover (formerly filed under Aptenia) is a hybrid of two ice plant species, M. cordifolium and M. haeckelianum, and very frequently confused with the former, which is a similar plant. The most useful differences for resolving them relate to leaf color (brighter green for the hybrid) and texture (smooth for the hybrid), and flower color (red, not pink to purple, for the hybrid). The leaves of the hybrid are also not quite heart-shaped like those of the species (which was named for that feature).

"Red Apple" is fast growing in cultivation, though relatively thirsty and not as drought tolerant as many other creeping ice plants. It will tend to grow rampant given permissive conditions and strangle out other plants (by smothering them above ground and outcompeting them below ground).

There are 4 related plant entries in the database, with some images apparently misfiled among the group at the moment.

One is a species with pink to purple flowers (usually).
Baby Sunrose (Mesembryanthemum cordifolium)

One is an all-green hybrid of cordifolium with red flowers called "Red Apple", which is very common in cultivation.
Baby Sunrose (Mesembryanthemum 'Red Apple')

And one is a very common sport of "Red Apple" with marginal variegated leaves called "Mezoo" (sometimes erroneously filed under Doreanthus or Dorotheanthus). That may be the same as this plant
Mesembryanthemum Mezoo™ Trailing Red
though I suppose there may be a whole line of Mezoo plants, given the trademark involved.

Our database also includes an entry for variegated M. cordifolium. Most of the plants shown there at the moment would seem to be "Mezoo".
Baby Sunrose (Mesembryanthemum cordifolium 'Variegata')

[ 1 reply | Give a thumbs up ]

Posted by DaylilySLP (Dearborn Hts, MI - Zone 6b) on Mar 2, 2020 10:42 AM

Image ID. I could be wrong, but 'Red Apple' is Not variegated. All the images on this page look like
Baby Sunrose (Mesembryanthemum cordifolium 'Variegata')

[ 7 replies | Give a thumbs up ]

Plant Events from our members
dragonfetti On April 1, 2014 Plant emerged
Volunteer plant under the roses.
» Post your own event for this plant

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
trailing mezoo -- over or under-watered (or a different issue?) by itsraining Feb 1, 2021 11:33 AM 5
Baby sun rose help by Eli0330 Feb 22, 2020 1:42 AM 1
Parrot eating a plant by planteater13 Aug 7, 2017 2:31 PM 9
Aptenia Cordifolia - Succulent Ice Plant by DonfromPA Sep 22, 2016 7:02 PM 8

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by lauriemorningglory and is called "Petite Spring Blossoms"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.