Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Desert in Bloom

It is Spring in the desert and this Copper Ice Plant is blossoming.  

The name "ice plant" comes from the small crystals of salt that are secreted from the leaves. These crystals gleam in the sun and look like ice. These plants are excellent ground covers, and this type is a succulent native to South Africa.  

In the Winter and Spring blooming season, these plants should be watered weekly.  They become dormant in the hot summers and then watered only once every two to three weeks.  Otherwise, the plants will rot in the summer if they receive too much water while they are dormant. 

21 comments:

Donna j. Gehl said...

It's wonderful to know that there are flowers blooming somewhere this time of year. What lovely color!

Olivier said...

jour de pluie à Evry et ta superbe fleur nous amène le soleil et de la couleurs. Belle plante
day of rain in Evry and your superb flower brings us the sun and of colours. Nice plant

brattcat said...

What a beautiful composition.

Vogon Poet said...

I am a succulent fan myself and have something like that on my terrace. Do you know the exact name, or something more about this plant?
Thank you, and very nice shot!

cieldequimper said...

What a beauty! I like the name ice in the desert! ;-))

Nancy said...

We are heading to the desert next weekend (Borrego) to take pictures of the flowers. I'm so excited.

GiuCe said...

it's a beautiful flower... with a beautiful name :)

Sharon said...

Years ago, my parents had a lot of this growing in their yard. It was perfect for the desert because it needed very little water and was still green all summer.

Lois said...

How interesting! The color is very pretty.

nanak said...

beautiful flower. love the color combination.

Jarart said...

Very pretty. I like the flower in the post yesterday too. It looks more delicate.

JM said...

It's true, they are blooming! :-) Today I took a shot of a 'cousin' on top of the cliffs above the sea, where they are almost a plague!

glenda said...

I've always loved ice plants but have not had much luck growing them. Too much water.

Jacob said...

I don't think there is anything more beautiful than the Arizona desert in bloom! We used to drive out and just walk and bask in the glory!

magiceye said...

this is amazing!

Per Stromsjo said...

Kind of resembles a succulent I used to have in the kitchen window.

Danial said...

This photo is cute and look like to cucumber.

Jackie said...

I like this a lot. I miss having a garden :(

Ming the Merciless said...

I love cactus blooms. They are so rare and that makes them even more precious and beautiful.

And yes, I have drown some cacti before.

Marc said...

Lovely flower, great shot!

susieofarabia said...

Another great closeup!

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