What flowers are they?

What flowers are they?


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Question: what flowers are they?


On the cover of the month there is a nice picture of succulents in two colors. Since this time the related articles do not open, I would like to know the name and how the succulent ones of the photo are grown.
Thank you and congratulations for the magazine

Answer: what flowers are they?


Dear Caesar,
in the April magazine there was an article dedicated to succulent plants that can be grown in the garden; in particular, the photo you are referring to was that of two mesembrianthemacee with flowers of different colors. The mesembriantemi are succulent plants, annual or perennial, originating in southern Africa, very cultivated in the garden and on the terrace, as they are easy to grow, withstand long periods with little care, and above all produce a splendid and abundant flowering, with flowers of various sizes (depending on the species and horticultural variety) which resemble small daisies of bright color. Over the years, the success of these plants has prompted breeders to produce many varieties, some with huge flowers, or a decidedly decorative color (I prefer orange-flowered ones). There are many species, and some of them are now also naturalized in Italy, where they can be grown outdoors even during the winter months. The plant that I often see even in road beds is aptenia cordata, which has small cordiform or lanceolate leaves, light green in color, and small flowers throughout the summer, red or deep pink. In the nursery there are many species: lampranthus, drosanthemum, dorotheanthus, carpobrotus; not all plant species of this type now belong to the genus of mesembrianthemacee, but all have a similar flowering, and a similar development, and many can be grown in the garden without problems due to winter cold; occasionally, strong frosts can ruin some branches, but usually the plants tend to recover without problems when the heat arrives in spring. They are characterized by thin, hanging or creeping stems, which bear leaves of different sizes, lanceolate like those of the aptenia, but more often linear or cylindrical, or even in the shape of a claw, fleshy and succulent, of various colors; some have green foliage, others have small leaves covered with bloom which makes them almost bluish. The flowering occurs at the apex of the branches and twigs, and is constant, from spring to late summer. Cultivation is simple, provided that the plants are guaranteed at least a few hours of direct sunlight; as with most succulents, let us leave them exposed to rain, but water only when the soil is dry, avoiding watering in the cold months. The best fertilizer will be poor in nitrogen, but rich in potassium, as for cacti.


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