Lampranthus roseus (Willd.) Schwantes
Common names: rose vygie, roosvygie
Commonly cultivated shrubby succulents, covered with brilliant pink flowers in spring
The plants are decumbent succulent shrublets growing to 600 mm in height, with semi-cylindrical leaves to 30 x 4 mm.
In late spring to early summer (October-November) the bushes are covered with brilliant, almost iridescent flowers, varying in colour from white to pale pink, magenta, violet and rose-pink. Each individual flower is approx 40 mm in diameter.
Lampranthus roseus is not threatened.
Distribution and habitat
Lampranthus roseus occurs in dry fynbos in the Western Cape. It is also commonly cultivated throughout the Western Cape and the bright pink, magenta varieties in cultivation may be hybrids.
Derivation of name and historical aspects
Lampranthus means 'bright flower' from the Greek lampros meaning 'bright' and anthos 'flower'. The species name roseus pertains to the rose-coloured flowers.
This is a large genus of about 140 species occurring mainly in the winter rainfall regions of the Cape.
The flowers are pollinated by bees and beetles.
Growing Lampranthus roseus
This is a frequently cultivated and a rewarding floriferous plant. They are short-lived and are best replaced every 3 years. They prefer a sunny, well-drained slope and thrive in rockeries or containers in a sunny position.
It is easily propagated from seed or cuttings and needs a sunny position.
Seed can be sown at any time of the year in shallow trays in a sandy mixture and germination is within 3 weeks.
Cuttings are best planted during the summer months.
Plants are subject to downy mildew and should be sprayed with Ridomil from midwinter to just before flowering.
- Van Jaarsveld, E.J. & Pienaar, U. de V. 2000. Vygies, gems of the veld. Cactus & Co. Libri, Venegono, Italy.
Ernst van Jaarsveld
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Plant Type: Shrub, Succulent
SA Distribution: Western Cape
Soil type: Sandy
Flowering season: Spring
Flower colour: Purple, White, Pink, Mauve/Lilac
Aspect: Full Sun
Gardening skill: Easy