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Dorotheanthus bellidiformis

The name means "Dorothea's flower having a beautiful form." I think Dorothea's husband named it. This is an annual. It's best to sow it mid-August. That way it starts flowering around xmas and goes for several months before hot weather kills it. If you look carefully at the green parts, you'll see a glinting surface. If you had the plant and a magnifying glass, you'd see that the glinting is due to some structures on the surface that look like ice. That's why this and some other mesembs are called "ice plants."

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