Cacti and succulents, Perennials
The species of these South African ice plants are often confused with one another. Their leaves are covered by glistening dots that look like ice crystals. Their flowers, with many narrow petals, bloom in late spring and early summer. Plants endure poor soil.
From South Africa. Grows to 6 in. tall, but stems trail to considerable length or drape over rocks and walls. This is the best ice plant for reducing erosion on steep slopes (plant 1 1/2 ft. apart). Pale pink, 3/4-in.-wide flowers form shimmering sheets of bloom; attract bees. Often sold as Drosanthemum hispidum.
From South Africa. Grows to 6 in. tall, but stems trail to considerable length or drape over rocks and...
Native to southern hemisphere tropics and subtropics. Grows to 3 ft. tall and wide, spreading wider by...