Fleur du jour


Gorgeous flowers, courtesy of Giliell. The first one looks like what I know as Iceplant (Delosperma cooperi), but I’m not sure. Click for full size.

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Photo © Giliell.

 

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Photo © Giliell.

Comments

  1. Lofty says

    The first photo is of the same group as an Australian native plant called pigface. According to a native tour guide one of its uses it to apply a broken piece of fleshy leaf to a mosquito bite, soothing it quickly. It’s also edible in various ways.

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    Upper: Pretty flower and interesting looking leaves and buds.

    Lower: Five petals of beauty. After this double flowered roses look stuffy.

  3. says

    Lofty, iceplant is a succulent too. These might be the same family, but I don’t know exactly where Giliell was when she took this, outside of knowing it was probably in the vicinity of the Pyrenees, which doesn’t narrow it down much.

    Ice Swimmer:

    Lower: Five petals of beauty. After this double flowered roses look stuffy.

    I agree. Those are stunning, and that yellow, oh.

  4. says

    Ooooh, Spain. Colour me jealous, that had to be a wonderful holiday. Iceplant is all over in S. California, it’s long been planted as a stabilizer on steep hills and such, to keep the soil anchored in areas known for landslides. From what I remember, it’s very hardy, and not at all easy to kill. That said, I don’t think it would survive in ND for 5 seconds, but as long as you have relatively temperate weather, it should be okay.

  5. Lofty says

    I suppose that iceplant and its relatives (including pigface) must be well served by birds eating its fruit and spreading it along shorelines. From what I’ve read it’s found all around the planet’s temperate coasts.

  6. says

    Lofty:

    I suppose that iceplant and its relatives (including pigface) must be well served by birds eating its fruit and spreading it along shorelines. From what I’ve read it’s found all around the planet’s temperate coasts.

    The iceplant I was thinking of is Carpobrotus edulis, not Delosperma, so definitely related. That’s what has been planted so extensively all over SoCal to check erosion. In California, it seems the fruit is favourite of a lot of wildlife, especially deer and rabbits, so yeah, it would (and does) get everywhere.

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