Mesembryanthemum Mezoo™ Trailing Red

Trade name information:
Series: Mezoo™
Trade Name: Trailing Red
Cultivar name: 'Mesbicla'
Also sold as:
Dorotheanthus bellidiformis 'Mezoo Trailing Red'

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 3-6 inches
Plant Spread: 6-12 inches
Leaves: Variegated
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Uses: Groundcover
Containers: Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by rattlebox (Naples, Florida - Zone 10a) on Mar 18, 2014 7:43 PM

Although this plant was apparently trademarked as Dorotheanthus bellidiformis 'Mezoo Trailing Red', and therefore widely and generally identified as a variety of Dorotheanthus bellidiformis [Livingstone Daisy], it clearly is not. It is much more closely allied to Aptenia cordifolia 'Variegata' (now Mesembryanthemum cordifolium 'Variegata').

The leaves of Dorotheanthus bellidiformis are elongated, almost spatulate, often twisted and curled, covered with obvious papillae; the stems are round (also covered with obvious papillae), and the flowers are large (1 1/2-2") with a large "daisy eye". The leaves of Mesembryanthemum cordifolium are wide, heart-shaped with a pointed tip and nearly smooth (papillae are much reduced in comparison); the stems are square, and the flowers are dime-sized or slightly larger with tiny, almost obscured eyes.

I have read that 'Mezoo Trailing Red' is simply a variegated version of Aptenia 'Red Apple' (a hybrid of Aptenia cordifolia and A. haeckeliana). Whether this is strictly true or not, it is certainly closer to the true identity of 'Mezoo Trailing Red' than being called Dorotheanthus bellidiformis.

(Note: Aptenia spp. are now classified as Mesembryanthemum spp.).

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