I showed this photo recently at one of my presentations. In the back of the room, a little girl stood on a chair to see better. I understood; as a child growing up in Southern CA, I also was captivated by brilliant ice plant blooms.
Those colors! As blindingly bright as ever a flower could be.
Vivid shades of pink, purple, red, yellow and orange. A crayon box that buzzes. Because it attracts bees, you may hear ice plant before you see it.
Ice plant grows readily on slopes and depending on its location may be visible for miles.
Most ice plant blooms brilliantly in early spring, then has a smattering of flowers throughout the year. Once lumped into the genus Mesembryanthemum, ice plants have been reclassified into Aptenia, Oscularia and Delosperma, among other genera. Mesembryanthemum now is limited to ice plants that are native to California coastal bluffs and seldom are seen in cultivation. They’re nondescript plants, but I do enjoy their crystalline stems.
New ice plant cultivars, like ‘Fire Spinner’ combine more than one color. Heavenly!
Do you grow ice plant? If so, where do you live, and how does it perform for you?
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