Lapeirousia arenicola (Lapeirousia ) is a small shrub, growing 2 to 5 feet in height and width. This native of South Africa can tolerate full sun, as well as heat and drought. This drought tolerant shrub thrives in USDA Zones 9-11 and can survive temporary, light frosts in protected areas.
When establishing this low-maintenance shrub, water only once very week or twice a month during its first year. Be sure to water the plant when the top several inches of soil is dry, as this species does not tolerate standing water. During the first season also apply an all-purpose fertilizer one every two months to promote strong root growth.
This short shrub produces light pink flowers in the summer months boasting a deep red spot at the base of each petal. Once established, Lapeirousia arenicola provides years of easy-care beauty with very little upkeep. In cold regions, it is best to limit gardening to indoor containers or remaining planted in its pot outdoors. Make sure to shelter it from harsh winter temperatures, as it is not a frost-hardy species. During dormancy keep plants rather dry
Enjoy full sun by placing your Lapeirousia arenicola in a warm sheltered spot in the garden and give it moderate water. It prefers dry soils after a heavy threshold of initial watering in order to establish its roots. Too much water will lead to root rot. With the right balance, you will have a blooming, beautiful plant for the sunny days of summer.