Drosanthemum species – Dewflowers
This is an indigenous perennial groundcover with a ground-hugging, spreading and cascading habit. It is naturalised in many parts of South Africa including the Western Cape coastal and other areas. It has stubby light green succulent leaves and is a definite winner for anyone trying to strive towards water-wise gardening (Rockeries etc). This plant is part of the mesemb family and has the typical characteristic of opening its flowers during the day and closing them at night. The flowers which come in too many colours to actually make mention of them all are actually pollinated by the Cape Honey bee so this is a great plant for people that are planting to attract bees. These plants do not appreciate long periods of moisture so plant them in well-drained, non-clay soil and make sure not to overwater them as they can rot easily. Their life cycle is about 5-7 years but they will sometimes self-seed themselves. They flower very profusely and can sometimes look a bit straggly and tired, and require a good cutback and will then bounce back. If you are starting these off in your garden I would recommend buying six-pack plants which will usually be labelled with colour, but once you have them established in your garden you can actually take cuttings to make more of these rewarding plants.