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Origin and Habitat: South Africa.
Description: Oscularia deltoides (Pink Iceplant), also known by O. muricata, is one of the most attractive and compact-growing species in the genus. The shining reddish stems are much branched and rather crowded with fairly short and triangular, silver-blue leaves with the keel and margins toothed. The fat, succulent leaves are three-sided (hence the qualifier deltoides – "triangular"). The flowers are a bright pinkish purple and attract a multitude of flying insects that pollinate them.
Blooming season: Late-spring into summer. Flowers are closed up in the morning but open, often to cover the plant, in the afternoon.
Cultivation and Propagation: Oscularia deltoides are easy and rewarding ornamental plants. This low-maintenance succulent spreads out forming a colourful mat and grows well on the rocky edge of flower beds where it cascades over the edge. It is also a very useful groundcover and can be grown in pots too. The real beauty of this crawling mesemb is that it will tolerate extreme environmental conditions without showing any signs of stress. It attracts butterflies.
Exposure: Keep them cool, and half-shaded in summer, need full sun or light shade on the other seasons. In too much shade the plants are a bit sparse and bloom less.
Soil: It will require a free draining compost.
Waterings: They can be watered year-round, water regularly from spring to Autumn but reduce watering frequency in winter, growth period is early Spring to late Summer.
Frost Tolerance: hardy to at least - 8° C and maybe a bit less for short durations if very dry.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz