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.