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Ice Plants by Bellavista2

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In the early 1900s C. edulis or Ice Plants was brought to California from South Africa to stabilize soil along railroad tracks and was later put to use by Caltrans for similar purposes. Thousands of acres were planted in California until the 1970s. It easily spreads by seed (hundreds per fruit) and from segmentation (any shoot segment can produce roots). Its succulent foliage, bright magenta or yellow flowers, and resistance to some harsh coastal climatic conditions (salt) have also made it a favoured garden plant. The Ice Plant was for several decades widely promoted as an ornamental plant, and it is still available at some nurseries. Ice Plant foliage can turn a vibrant red to yellow in color.

The Ice Plant is still abundant along highways, beaches, on military bases, and in other public and private landscapes. It spreads beyond landscape plantings and has invaded foredune, dune scrub, coastal bluff scrub, coastal prairie, and most recently maritime chaparral communities. In California, the Ice Plant is found in coastal habitats from north of Eureka, California, south at least as far as Rosarito in Baja California. It is intolerant of frost, and is not found far inland or at elevations greater than approximately 500 feet (150 m).

Photo taken by Canon IXUS


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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    Lovely macro abstract!!

  • Thankyou so much Tina;-} I was thiking there are millions of photos of roses,and tulips, but not that many of Iceplants:-} They look like they are on a bed of Cornflakes:-}xoxoo

    – Bellavista2

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 5 years ago

    Very interesting image and enjoyed the text. I have the purple variety, they look like star flowers, very pretty. Mine survives our Oregon frost, quite nicely, to my surprise and comes back every year in full glory! Dee

  • It is very diffrent when the photo is enlarged the flowers have a icy shimmer too them;-} Wow! Purple would be so beautiful:-} Thankyou so much Diane for dropping by and your lovely comment:-}xoxoox

    – Bellavista2

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromover 5 years ago

    Actually looks like coral! great macro!

  • It certainly is bizzare looking. I really like the shimmer on the flowers, when you enlarge it, you will see it. Thankyou so much Susan for being a part of my little world and for your amazing frinedship:-}

    – Bellavista2

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 5 years ago

    Great macro and excellent information.

  • Thankyou Barnsis, greatly apprecaite your lovely comment, I love getting up close and personal with nature., things take on a new perspective when macroed:-} Greatly apprecaite you both being a part of my littel world:-}xoxox

    – Bellavista2

  • ubumebme
    ubumebmeover 5 years ago

    hearty little fellow…maybe even I could grow it… how big are those little red flowery bits? my I’m full of questions…perhaps I’ll google it…Thanks for sharing it with us..

  • They are beautiful, spicky pink flowers, I have photo tucked away somewhere, I will post it for you Della:-} Thankyou so much for your lovely comment and being a part of my little world;-}xoxox

    – Bellavista2

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