Ice Plant

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.

iceplantAbout 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.

iceplant2Two small plants were transplanted into this pot in the spring.  This is early summer.  By August, the long stems will be drooping over all the sides and growing out about one foot from the pot.

icepI 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.

icep2Just couldn’t resist showing this artsy type shot.

IcePlant092009aThere are several different plants called Ice Plants.  A friend gave me this one about 3  years ago.

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

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