(hardy, Ice Plant)
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Native to South Africa, this ice plant species typically forms a vigorous, succulent, spreading, evergreen ground cover in warm winter areas of the United States. However, north of USDA Zones 7 it is at best semi-evergreen and is not reliably winter hardy. This is a succulent mat-forming plant that typically grows to 3? tall and spreads quickly to 24? or more. Daisy-like, bright red-purple flowers (to 2? diameter) cover the plant with bloom from May to October.. The neon-like intensity of the flower color and length of bloom greatly enhance the ornamental interest of these plants. Succulent, fleshy, cylindrical, medium green leaves. Foliage is covered with transparent flakes that somewhat resemble tiny pieces of ice, hence the common name.
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