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snowhermit
Woodsville, NH
(Zone 4a)

April 23, 2002
4:42 PM

Post #27654

This was given to me as cuttings and has turned into a beautiful hanging plant. The person that gave it to me said it was a succulent but had no idea what it's name was.Any ideas?

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Brugie
Chariton, IA
(Zone 5b)

April 23, 2002
10:39 PM

Post #248374

I'm not good at this, but the leaves kind of look like Ice Plant. Mine has pink flowers though, so good luck. I can say for sure that I'm no help. Just needed something to do here. :-)
MaVieRose
High Desert, CA
(Zone 8a)

April 23, 2002
11:08 PM

Post #248386

looks like epiphyllum [night blooming succulent/cacti] depending on the variety. i do not know the specie ... http://www.epiuniverse.com/article.php?sid=3&DCPHPSESSID=af6c62c0836840f72e9999e746815ac6
snowhermit
Woodsville, NH
(Zone 4a)

April 23, 2002
11:33 PM

Post #248400

MaVie, I have several epiphyllums and this doesn't look anything like them. The flower on this opens in the day time and closes up at night.It's a much smaller flower than the epis.
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2002
11:56 PM

Post #248410

It looks like what we call the 'Texas Ice Plant" no idea what the common name is, but it grows wild in south Texas.
dave

April 24, 2002
12:11 AM

Post #248420

I have the exact same plant here, and it was given to me in late 2000 as an "Ice Plant".

It is NOT the hardy iceplant that most are familiar with, however. I never did find out the botanical name of this one.

dave
dave

April 24, 2002
12:16 AM

Post #248422

Whoop! I found it!

Aptenia cordifolia http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&safe=off&q=Aptenia+cordifolia

dave
snowhermit
Woodsville, NH
(Zone 4a)

April 24, 2002
12:20 AM

Post #248425

At least I know now it's some sort of Ice Plant.
Dave, maybe we'll be lucky and someone will come up with the botanical name for us.
Cala, I'll try to find some info on the Texas Ice Plant.
dave

April 24, 2002
12:25 AM

Post #248429

snow: Look above your post. I have posted the botanical name a few minutes ago.
snowhermit
Woodsville, NH
(Zone 4a)

April 24, 2002
2:40 AM

Post #248505

Wow. Good job Dave. That was fast work. Thanks so much. Now I know the whole name.Do you grow yours in a hanging planter? It looks really cool hanging down with all those red flowers on it.
dave

April 24, 2002
12:51 PM

Post #248654

I grow mine in a big 2 gallon pot. I keep pinching and rooting, so it hasn't gotten big enough to spill over the sides yet. :-)

But I think I now have enough of these, so I'm going to let it grow now. Maybe a hanging planter indeed!

(BTW - this survived 2 nights of 17 degrees for me.)
poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


April 24, 2002
1:23 PM

Post #248665

Dave is that the one you sent me?
dave

April 24, 2002
2:19 PM

Post #248697

Yes, indeedy, poppysue! I had marked it as unknown and I may have put "ice plant?" on the label. It should match the picture above nicely.
snowhermit
Woodsville, NH
(Zone 4a)

April 24, 2002
3:15 PM

Post #248728

Didn't know it was cold tolerant. I won't have to baby it so much. :)
dave

April 24, 2002
3:21 PM

Post #248733

snow, that's just my experience! The plant survived when many other succulents croaked. I was impressed that it didn't even die back at 17 degrees - kept its foliage and everything.
tink76627
Blum, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 24, 2002
3:44 PM

Post #248744

dave...snowhermit there is a heart-leaf ice plant listed in the database. I have it too! I left some of it outdoors and it did not completely freeze. still green at the tips but dead along the runners I'm going to trim it up and throw on ground,cover and see if it will come back.

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