Cheiridopsis purpurea

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Cheiridopsis purpurea L.Bolus

Aizoaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   9

Moisture: dry

Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves:

Shape: falcate

Division: simple

Shape: many-stellate
Fruit: not specified

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: mat-forming

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Caryophyllidae
Superordo:
Caryophyllanae
Ordo:
Caryophyllales

Cheiridopsis purpurea is a succulent perennial.

Naming

Cheiridopsis purpurea was described by Harriet Margaret Louisa Bolus in 1931. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Cheiridopsis purpurea is a species in the genus Cheiridopsis which contains approximately 33 to 46 species and belongs to the family of the Aizoaceae (Fig-marigold Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials have a mat-forming habit and reach heights of 5 to 10 centimetres.

Leaves

Cheiridopsis purpurea has simple leaves that are opposite. The leaves are falcate and entire.

Flowers and Fruits

Cheiridopsis purpurea produces solitary light-purple many-stellate flowers from June to August.


Root System

Distribution

Cheiridopsis purpurea is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry soil. The substrate should be gritty loam. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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