Carol Cloud Bailey
Plant Common Name
Baby Sun Rose, Heartleaf Ice Plant
The small, heart-shaped leaves of baby sun rose contrast with its magenta-red, daisy-like flowers. This tender, succulent, creeping evergreen perennial is native to southern Africa.
The fleshy leaves are bright green, heart-shaped, and covered in very tiny hairs, and thus feel felt-like. The flowers, with many string-like petals surrounding a small, yellow-white eye, are the size of a large thumbnail and open only when the sun is shining. They are a rich magenta-red and attract butterflies.
Grow baby sun rose in full to partial sun and well-drained soil that is average to quite gritty. In hot summer regions or in a spot with lots of reflective heat, provide some shade in the afternoon. Although a succulent, this perennial needs moderate moisture in summer to grow its best. Keep it drier in the winter. It tolerates light frosts. Use it as a groundcover in a rockery, in a hanging basket or spilling over the edge of a container. There are cultivars with different colored flowers, including white, yellow, clear red and violet.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 8
USDA Hardiness Zone
9 - 12
H1, H2, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24
Cactus or Succulent
1"-3" / 2.5cm - 7.6cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Bedding Plant, Container, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns