Botanical Name: Aptenia cordifolia
Common Name: Red Apple Ice Plant, Aptenia  
Plant photo of: Aptenia cordifolia
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial, Succulent


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Red, Yellow


Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade



Low, Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Japanese, Tropical, Water Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Patio, Park, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Container, Mass Planting, Fire Resistant, Small Spaces, Hanging Baskets


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Herbaceous perennial with fleshy heart shaped leaves on succulent stems. Tiny solitary red flowers appear among leaves. Foliage is shiny and bright green. Ground cover. Salt tolerant. Great in containers or planters or a hanging basket. Full sun or light shade. Be careful not to overwater. Can die back with heavy frost. Will not tolerate foot traffic.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build Basin and water.