The Q&A Archives: Ice Plants

Question: There is a type of succulant (I believe) that grows in coastal areas of southern California. The plant spreads readily and has thick green foliage which looks somewhat like aloe. At certain times of the year the plants are covered with brilliant flourescent daisy type flowers. I always knew these plants as Ice Plants. Is that the common name and does Burpee have them available? Will they grow in coastal areas of Florida? Joan Stone Tampa, FL

Answer: They are called ice plants . The botanical name is Dorotheanthus and on page 27 of the 1997 Burpee catalog you'll see a selection. They should grow fine in Florida as long as it's a dry, sandy site.

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