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Thursday, 20 October 2016

FFF256 - DEWFLOWER

Drosanthemum ("dewflowers") is a genus of succulent plants in the ice plant family, Aizoaceae, native to the winter-rainfall regions of southern Africa. Most species bear colorful flowers. The name Drosanthemum means "Dew-flower" in Greek, and refers to the characteristic shiny translucent papillae, which cover the succulent leaves and flower buds.

The species shown here is Drosanthemum hispidum (Linn.). It is a succulent, mound-forming perennial, 60 cm tall, 90 cm wide, leaves up to 2.5 cm long. These leaves and the stems are covered with papillae looking like dew drops or glassy beads, glittering in the sun, hence the common name. Flowers are profuse and a rich purple or lavender. Blooming in summer, this plant forms a dazzling mound of colour for the well-drained garden.

The plant requires full sun and regular watering in summer. It should be kept rather dry in winter, and it does better with good drainage. It is a salt resistant plant.

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20 comments:

  1. That is an old-fashioned garden plant. I remember this one from my childhood! My mother had them in the garden. Groetjes Hetty

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  2. Love iceplant - had it at my first house and the same color! Where I live now, all the flowers would be eaten by the deer:)

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  3. This color is amazing, Nick!
    Makes me happy :)

    Best wishes - Julia

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  4. Hi Nick,
    a marvelous photo of this wonderful flowers.
    Best, Synnöve

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  5. Hi Nick,
    this color! So stunning.
    I always enjoy your visits, thank you so much!!
    Have a happy weekend ... Frauke

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  6. Good morning, Nick,
    WOW, what a colorfull plant!
    I wish you a nice weekend,
    moni

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  7. Hallo Nick,
    What beautiful intense colors of these flowers.
    Very beautiful..
    I wish you a wonderful weekend.
    Kind regards,
    Elke
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  8. Hi Nick!
    What a wonderful colour and plant.
    Have a nice weekend /Marika

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  9. That is the deepest purple I have ever seen.

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  10. Nick, amazing color. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. How pretty that the papillae look like dew drops! Thanks for hosting.

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  12. Wow! Nick, great color, I love them!

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  13. Love these dewflowers Nick, such a gorgeous color and a great photo.

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  14. Heisann, amazing, beautiful colour! Happy weekend ;:OD)

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  15. Wow !! Such a beautiful color !!
    Happy weekend !

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  16. This color is amazing, Nick. Have a nice weekend!
    Greetings, Nicole

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