Botanical name: Lampranthus spectabilis Family: Aizoaceae (Ice plant family)
Synonyms: Mesembryanthemum spectabile, Mesembryanthemum macrosepalum
Trailing Ice Plant is a tender perennial with a sprawling habit, forming a carpet of fleshy, gray-green fleshy leaves. When in bloom, the plant is very showy, as it gets covered with colorful daisy-like blossoms, about 5 cm across. Surrounding a cluster of golden-yellow stamen in the center, each bloom displays a ring of long, narrow, petals in bright shades of rose, pink, purple or white. The plant blooms heavily from late winter to spring in warm winter areas, and from early summer to early fall in cooler locations. Wiry stems spread out horizontally, bearing small blue-green finger-like leaves, up to 8 cm long. The youngest stems often take a reddish color and add to the beauty of the plant. Trailing Ice Plant is native to Cape Province in Africa, cultivated elsewhere.
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