Othonna capensis - African Ice Plant - little pickles

brugpuppy(9)November 2, 2003

For those in North America and especially Canada, I would like to share with you a great little succulent plant. I have been growing 'little pickles' for a number of years, and each year I grow couple of leaf cuttings to trade at our local seed and plant swap. They are always a big favourite and go like hot cakes!

The plant is excellent in a rock garden, in hanging baskets, and as a ground cover. The flowers are yellow and the leaves light green but they turn red in winter. They form a tight mat and look great hanging over a wall. I am surpised to find that they are classed as a zone 9 plant, when they thrive outdoors here at zone 6. I have never given the zoning a second thought, but since learning that they might 'vrek' in the cold weather, I have moved some into the greenhouse - just in case!

I have lots of these plants and they grow very easily from cuttings, so I will offer them for a SASE to Canada only. Or trade if you prefer.

I have also purchased this plant at walmart, but the label says pink flowering. The plant is not as tightly matted as the yellow,but looks very similar and it has yet to flower, so I am looking forward to seeing the pinks.


Here is a link that might be useful: African Ice Plant - othonna capensis

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jeffrey_harris(San Diego, CA)

Dear Chris,

It's interesting that this Othonna has the common name African Ice Plant, a moniker that's usually reserved for Carpobrutus edulis and the Lampranthus species, both members of the Mesembryanthemum, whereas Othonnas (I think) are in the Compositaceae, the Daisy Family.

My knowledge of Othonnas was limited to the deciduous succulent shrubby plants that are often grown for their caudiciform shape. Now you present one that's more in common with aground cover, and doesn't appear deciduous and most certainly doesn't exhibit any behaviour that any self-respecting caudex-growing plant would adopt!

Lord, grant me 40 acres and a mule, in San Diego, so I can grow all the plants I'd like to, and share them with my succulent pals.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2003 at 5:04PM
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No, this is not a deciduous plant but it is a ground cover. A lovely little succulent, happy just about anywhere it is located and non invasive. In this climate anyway!

I would love to trade, but not only am I limited to zone 6, but limited to Canada. I wish for warm sunny skies and golden beaches....


    Bookmark   November 7, 2003 at 11:56PM
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