Imagine: Sara had too much on her plate. Her in-laws were coming for dinner over the weekend, her boss had just assigned her the campaign he was supposed to be running, and she was hosting a fairy-theme birthday party for her daughter in two weeks. This on top of the normal car-pooling, laundry, house/yard maintenance, and meal planning.
Today, Sara decided, she needed to cross off the birthday party plans. Her daughter’s friends were invited, the cake was ordered, and all that remained was an activity. One of Sara’s coworkers had mentioned that the local garden center offered fairy garden parties, but Sara felt that she might be able to save money and put it all together herself. So she sat down with her laptop and started searching for ideas.
As the minutes and hours ticked by, and her work, laundry, and in-law dinner plans remained undone, she compiled information about good plants for fairy gardens. As she read about Dorotheanthus bellidiformis ‘Mezoo Trailing Red’ one phrase made her drop the mouse and sit up straight: “be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted” it read.
Sara turned away from the computer and picked up the phone. First she called the local garden center and arranged for fairy garden kits to be delivered the morning of her daughter’s party. Next she scheduled a meeting with her boss so that he could bring her up to speed on the campaign. And finally, she called her father-in-law and asked him if he’d pick up the take-out food on their way over for dinner this weekend.
“Thanks, Mezoo Red,” Sara thought as she loaded the washing machine. Avoid exhausted plants? #WordsToLiveBy
Name: Dorotheanthus bellidiformis ‘Mezoo Trailing Red’ aka Livingston daisy, although no one calls it that…you’re more likely to hear it called Dorotheanthus mezoo red.
Type of Plant: A trailing annual in the Northeast, and easy to grow houseplant in the winter. Native to South Africa, this variegated succulent plant thrives in full to part sun.
Why I love this: This plant brings a lot to the party. Bright, green and white leaves, small red tassel flowers, and heat or drought tolerance. Dorotheanthus mezzo red plays well with others – it’s the perfect annual to plant in small containers and have it trail over the side while other plants mound up above. This annual doesn’t mind drying out between waterings, and it looks perfectly at home with a wide range of succulents.
This plant is perfect for planting up recycled containers, hypertufa pots or rock gardens.
A Word to the Wise: Water this once a week or more – just because it has succulent leaves doesn’t mean you can ignore it for weeks on end. Be sure to have this in a container with drainage holes and if that’s not possible, don’t over or under water.
Take cuttings of Dorotheanthus bellidiformis ‘Mezoo Trailing Red’ in the summer and once they are rooted, plant them in a pot to over-winter in a sunny window.