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Dorotheanthus bellidiformis 'Mezoo Trailing Red'

Livingston Daisy

Deep Rose-Red


Mezoo Trailing Red is a great plant to add to any garden or floral environment. Its high versatility makes it a wise choice as a border or edging plant. Create beautiful potted combinations, hanging baskets, window boxes, and garden landscapes with trailing red as a unique accent plant. Trailing Red has vibrant red blooms that would be excellent in a patio container or as a feature plant in your home. Mezoo Trailing Red has a spread of 18-20 inches, requiring a space of 12-14 inches to properly grow and has an optimal height of 6-8 inches.

Mezoo Trailing Red features deep red-rose dime sized flowers that stay open during cloudy weather and has succulent green leaves with white edges. These plants are covered by bright green-white foliage all season and occasional blooms. The ability to thrive in full sun, tolerate high heat levels, complement many other plants or flowers, or simply stand alone make it a great choice for your home and garden.

Height: 6-8 Inches

Spread: 18-20 Inches

USDA Zone: Zones 9 - 10

Color: Red

Interesting Notes:

Mezoo Trailing Red is a trailing, warm weather annual and tender perennial. Dorotheanthus is commonly known as a Livingstone Daisy. It is an easy to grow annual that becomes covered in bright maroon, daisy-like blooms all season long. It is native to South Africa. Also called Ice Plant, this mat-forming beauty is a true rock garden plant, adapted to sunny, open, rocky areas with sharply drained soil. Mezoo Trailing Red thrives where summers are not too hot or humid.

Mezoo Trailing Red is a sprawling to mounding plant with succulent green leaves edged with white and occasionally accented by button-sized red flowers in spring. This annual succulent is from South Africa’s Cape Provinces. The small, round, daisy-like flowers appear on the stems among the heavy, elliptical, pointed leaves. Bright flowers with many petite petals remain open during cloudy weather, unlike other Livingstone daises which close if the sky darkens. This variety is a compact flower bred by Syngenta. It is commonly used as a border plant, in hanging baskets, or in a patio container. The fuller varieties go nicely as mixed fillers in the garden and even in a cut flower arrangement for your home. Mezoo Trailing Red grows best in soil that is evenly moiste but well-drained, and is a full sun plant. Unique features of this variety include deep rose dime-sized flowers that stay open during cloudy weather and at night. A key feature of Mezoo Trailing Red is its great heat, sun, and drought tolerance. Mezoo Trailing Red has great succulent foliage which provides a unique accent to any potted combo or garden landscape.

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

As with every plant purchase, it is important to look for quality at the start! During the purchasing process, be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted.  Finding a fresh young plant, without yellowing foliage or dying flowers is very important. Look for rich light green foliage edged in white and healthy vibrant red flowers, if they are present, as indication of the plant's care thus far. This will ensure an easy start for you, and a long life for your plant.

After locating and purchasing a quality plant at the store, it is important to find the perfect place for it at your home. Mezoo Trailing Red is a full sun annual that thrives in the heat and sunlight. The best time for planting your flower is mid-spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Mezoo makes a great indoor plant because of its unique beauty and texture. If you chose to keep your flower indoors, be sure it has access to direct sunlight in front of a window or doorway. Without direct sunlight, Dorotheanthus will become dormant and discontinue growth. If you chose to take your plant outdoors, be careful not to take it out too early in the spring. If there is still a chance of frost in your area, keep your plant safe indoors, maintaining care in the container. Dorotheanthus will last from late spring, through the summer, until the finish of fall. They are good pioneer plants in the garden, until other plants become more established.

Mezoo Trailing Red is a low maintenance plant that is heat tolerant. While it has a high tolerance level, water application a few times a week is still recommended, and fertilizer or compost application will ensure optimal plant performance. Be sure to apply low to the ground, near the plant’s main stem, avoiding wetting the plant’s foliage, for quick absorption and utilization. Dorotheanthus requires an average moisture level and must be well drained. It is important to ensure good drainage in both containers and landscaping, to prevent diseases like root rot. Drainage holes, elevated flower gardens, and proper soil composition are three great ways to prevent root rot and help your plants maintain a healthy moisture level. An easy way to detect if your plant is in need of water is to feel the soil around the plant’s main stem. If the soil is not moist, it would be best to give it some water.

Another great feature of Mezoo Trailing Red is their bloom production. These beauties will continuously bloom all season. While the plant does not require deadheading, if your plants start to look tall or lanky, feel free to trim them back to keep them tight and well shaped. Trim just above leaves or old leaf joints. After pinching back, your plant should soon begin to branch out and fill out.

Dorotheanthus Mezoo Trailing Red will typically not have any serious insect or disease problems but still be cautious and watch for pests. The earliest prevention against disease and pest threat is careful examination during the purchasing process. It is important to know the difference between harmful pests and beneficial insects. Some insects may lay their eggs on your plant’s leaves in order to feed on the pests, which is actually beneficial to your flower. Removal of the wrong eggs could potentially promote pest survival and growth.

Characteristics & Attributes:


Attributes:

  • No Deadheading
  • Mini Flower
  • Great Foliage
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Compact
  • Cut Flower
  • Succulent Foliage

Design Use:

  • Container
  • Cut Flower
  • Border
  • Tropical
  • Filler
  • Window Boxes
  • Versatile
  • Rock Garden
  • Interior Design
  • Hanging Baskets

Exposure:

  • Full Sun / Part Sun

Foliage Color:

  • White
  • Bright Green
  • Variegated

Habit:

  • Trailing

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Average
  • Dry
  • Well Drained

Vigor:

  • Vigorous