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Plantidote of the Day 2011-05-30

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red apple

Aptenia cordifolia

Red apple

A relative of the ice plant, red apple is a tough, easy-to-raise succulent ground cover for zones 8a through 10b. It doesn't need much water and loves being in the sun. In fact, the little flowers (only about 1" or less) close up when the plant isn't in direct sun.

One of the nicest things about red apple is that it's easy to propagate. Just break off a length of stem, stick it in the ground in a different spot and start a whole new plant! Insect type pests don't seem interested in it, but I don't know about rabbits, woodchucks, deer, etc. Because it is so easy to grow, red apple can overwhelm surrounding plants, so you may have to cut it back now and then. You can read more here.

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