Color has such an amazing ability to capture the eye. Once it does, it seeps into our minds to initiate emotion and conjure moods. It puts us in altered states. Now let me first state that I'm not always wild about pink but sometimes it creeps up on me and does a certain something that I can't quite control. In the case of Cephalophyllum stayneri, I am elevated to a state of excitement. I'm electrified. Cepahalophyllum stayneri belongs to the ice plant family and comes to us from regions in and around Namibia. To see it out of bloom, you wouldn't think much of it. However, when it does bloom it's a different story. The vibrancy of its bloom color is spectacular!
Cephalophyllum stayneri is a succulent perennial that grows in carpets of small, spiky green frite-like (french fry) foliage with round bases and triangular tips. The foliage can grow 3-5 inches high and spread up to 1 1/2 feet per plant. In late winter/early spring, peculiar buds rise on pinkish-purple stems and explode with vivid pinkish-red daisy-like flowers that can measure up to 2 inches across. The ray-like petals of these power pumping pink flowers radiate from yellow sun-like centers surrounded by reddish-purple stamens. The look is ultra vivid and awesome! Cephalophyllum stayneri likes full sun to part shade (in hot locations), well-draining soil, regular water to low water (especially in winter), and is hardy to 25 degrees fahrenheit/-1 degrees celsius. This is the perfect groundcover for a dry garden, hanging in a cool container, or cascading over a wall. Let it fill in and come spring it will kick it into high gear with a potent punch of pink color.