Colourful half-hardy succulents of South African
origin and admirable for dry and sun-baked soils.
Mesembryanthemum criniflorum, growing four inches tall, has
succulent leaves, about three inches long, widening
from a narrow base, with a spreading habit well
adapted to covering dry walls, and flowers of
daisy-like form in brilliant shades of pink, red,
white, yellow and orange.
Mesembryanthemum pyropaeum (syn. tricolor) is of similar habit
with long, fleshy leaves, up to three inches long,
and many flowers, up to one and a half inches
across, of white, pink, purple or rose, each with
Of a hardier nature is the Ice Plant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum),
with fleshy stems and of a spreading habit, comprising
six-inch oval, pointed leaves and many small flowers
of white or rose-pink shades; a useful wall or
Except in the mildest climates it is wisest to
sow a few seeds in small pots under glass in March,
grow on under protection and plant out direct
from the pots into a well-drained soil that enjoys
full sun in June.
Propagation is from seed.
The flowering season is from midsummer until frost.