annual

Red Apple Iceplant

Aptenia 'Red Apple'

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Red Apple Iceplant (Aptenia 'Red Apple') at St. Mary's Nursery & Garden Centre

Red Apple Iceplant flowers

Red Apple Iceplant flowers

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Red Apple Iceplant (Aptenia 'Red Apple') at St. Mary's Nursery & Garden Centre

Red Apple Iceplant in bloom

Red Apple Iceplant in bloom

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Red Apple Iceplant (Aptenia 'Red Apple') at St. Mary's Nursery & Garden Centre

Red Apple Iceplant

Red Apple Iceplant

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Baby Sun Rose, A. cordifolia x P. haeckeliana

Description:

This succulent groundcover plant produces bright rosy red flowers over rich, green foliage all year; blooms only open in mid-day sun; an interesting plant to include in a rockery, or a combination planter; used for soil retention as well

Ornamental Features

Red Apple Iceplant features dainty rose daisy flowers with red overtones and gold eyes held atop the stems from mid to early winter. Its attractive small succulent pointy leaves remain light green in colour throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Red Apple Iceplant is a dense spreading annual with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Red Apple Iceplant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Red Apple Iceplant will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Red Apple Iceplant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features