One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two succulent plants that are widely cultivated for their flowers.
an Asian stonecrop that bears domed heads of tiny pink flowers (Sedum spectabile, family Crassulaceae)
a South African plant that has leaves covered with glistening fluid-filled hairs that resemble ice crystals (genera Mesembryanthemum and Dorotheanthus, family Aizoaceae, in particular M. crystallinum)
- ‘I topped this one with a piece of ice plant, the most amazing salad leaf imaginable.’
- ‘The ice plant's lime green foliage contrasts strongly with prickly silver mats of neighboring pinks.’
- ‘A similar response to drought or salt stress was observed for McCDPK1 in common ice plant.’
- ‘If you want to attract butterflies to your garden in late summer and autumn, look no further than the ice plant, a perennial which has pretty domed heads of pink flowers above thick, succulent leaves.’
- ‘Expression of McHAK2 and McHAK3 was stimulated in leaves of the ice plant in response to high salinity.’
ice plant/ˈīs ˌplant/
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