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Lampranthus 'Hot Flash'

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aizoaceae (Ice Plants)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Magenta
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Parentage: (Lampranthus multiradiatus hybrid?)
Height: <1 foot
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Lampranthus 'Hot Flash' - A low growing evergreen succulent subshrub growing under 1 foot tall and spreading to 2 to 3 feet or more with narrow gray-green succulent leaves along reddish stems. The brilliant magenta pink 1 inch wide flowers nearly smother the foliage in spring and then often again with a lighter bloom in later summer and fall - quite a sight! Plant in full to part sun in a fairly well drained soil and water occasionally to infrequently - this plant does very well in our summer dry mediterranean climate. Hardy to 20 to 25F and useful in USDA Zones 9 and above. A good solid groundcover, particularly on a gentle slope or mound and makes a nice showy container plant. We have not found information on who bred this plant but it appears that it could be a Lampranthus multiradiatus hybrid. The name for the genus is from the Latin words 'lampros' meaning "bright" and 'anthos' meaning flower in reference to the bright showy flowers of the genus. This plant was seems to have been originally cleverly named after a round firecracker that resembles a cherry, but this name conflicted with an existing trademark. We purchased our original stock plants from Annies Annuals.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Lampranthus 'Hot Flash'.