Delosperma lehmannii f. variegata


Corpuscularia lehmannii
Mesembryanthemum lehmannii
Schonlandia lehmannii
Mesembryanthemum sexpartitum


Delosperma lehmannii f. variegata originates from the arid regions of South Africa, particularly thriving in rocky and sandy soils. It’s adapted to environments with minimal rainfall, intense sunlight, and well-drained conditions. These habitats have shaped its growth patterns and physical characteristics, enabling it to conserve water and survive in harsh conditions.


Delosperma lehmannii f. variegata, a member of the Aizoaceae family, is a fascinating succulent plant. It is distinguished by its compact, low-growing habit, forming dense mats or clumps. It features cylindrical, succulent leaves that are tightly packed around short, stout stems. The leaves are typically bright green with yellow stripes, sometimes exhibiting a bluish tint, and they are covered with a waxy coating that helps reduce water loss. One of the most striking features of Delosperma lehmannii is its daisy-like flowers. The blooms are vibrant, often in shades of yellow, orange, or pink, and they appear in abundance during the spring and summer months. The flowers open fully under the bright sun and close in the evening or on cloudy days. This succulent plant is relatively small, with individual plants often not exceeding 15-20 cm in diameter. Its compact size, along with its attractive foliage and colorful flowers, makes it a popular choice for rock gardens, ground covers, and container plantings.


Cultivating Delosperma lehmannii f. variegata requires conditions that mimic its natural habitat. It thrives in full sun, receiving at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. The plant is well-suited for growing in rock gardens, alpine gardens, or as a part of xeriscaping designs due to its drought tolerance and preference for well-drained soils. The ideal soil for Delosperma lehmannii is sandy or gravelly with excellent drainage. Overwatering or poorly draining soils can lead to root rot, which is one of the main threats to its health. During the growing season (spring and summer), water the plant moderately when the soil is completely dry. In winter, reduce watering significantly as the plant enters a period of dormancy. Delosperma lehmannii is relatively cold hardy compared to other succulents but should still be protected from freezing temperatures. In regions with harsh winters, it can be grown in containers and brought indoors or provided with some form of frost protection. Fertilization is not a major requirement. If desired, a balanced, low-nitrogen fertilizer can be applied once in the early spring to encourage blooming and healthy growth.


Propagation of Delosperma lehmannii f. variegata is straightforward and can only be done through cuttings in order to not lose the variegated form. To propagate by cuttings, simply cut a healthy stem, let it dry for a few days to form a callus, and then plant it in well-draining soil. Keep the soil lightly moist until the cutting establishes roots.


Variegation in plants can occur due to genetic mutation, and it often results in portions of the leaves lacking chlorophyll. This can give the leaves a unique appearance but can also make the plant less vigorous, as chlorophyll is essential for photosynthesis. The vibrant flowers add a burst of color to arid landscapes, attracting pollinators and adding ecological value to its habitat.

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