According to Webster’s, the Botanical definition for a succulent is: having thick, fleshy tissues for storing water, as a cactus. And that is exactly what makes them great plants for the house or an arid environment.
About eight years ago I bought my first Ice Plant (Lampranthus) at a nursery in a 4″ pot. At the time I had no idea how hardy and prolific it was. Over the years, I have rooted cuttings for dozens of plants from that one little start.
I always keep several pots on east and north window sills. In the spring, I plant some in pots outside and some in the ground. They spread like crazy. Those will die in a hard frost, but there are always others in pots inside.
Outside, filtered shade is good or just morning direct sun. Ice plants cannot last in our harsh all day sun.
These are wonderful pass-along plants. People love the small bright pink flowers and the assurance that they are almost impossible to kill.
The blossoms on this Ice Plant (Delosperma Cooperi) look the same as the Ice Plants in the other pictures, but they’re larger. The biggest difference is the shape of the leaves. They’re thinner and longer.
Either one of these Ice Plants are great choices and sure-fire performers.
“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.” Robert Brault