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Cephalophyllum stayneri
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aizoaceae (Ice Plants)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange & Pink
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Cephalophyllum stayneri - A creeping succulent groundcover to 3 to 4 inches tall that spreads carpet-like outwards several feet on creeping stems that are red when young then turning gray and holding clusters of 2-3 inch long narrow upright green leaves that are rounded on the back side and flattened on the front and tinged purple or red near their pointed tips when grown in the sun. In midwinter into spring appear the 1 1/2 inch wide yellow centered deep pink flowers that are tinged orange and rise a couple inches above the leaves. Plant in full sun to light shade inland in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently - though a winter grower it will continue to grow through summer if given some irrigation. Cold hardy to around 25 F. A great groundcover on flat ground or trailing over a wall or in a large container for a dry location. It is a nice green color year-round and showy in bloom with vividly-colored orange-pink flowers. Cephalophyllum are native to western South Africa north into southern Namibia with this species coming from near the town of Calvinia in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'kephale' meaning "head" and 'phyllon' meaning leaf in reference to the tufted leaves of some species in the genus. The specific epithet honors Frank Stayner (1907-1981), the curator and horticulturist of the Karoo Botanic Garden.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and 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 that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate 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 that might aid others in growing Cephalophyllum stayneri.
 
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