Two obliging Africans...

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Kelaidis
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Two obliging Africans...

I realize ice plants aren't for everyone...but these two may have a wider appeal than you might suspect. Bergeranthus are largely from the east Cape, and I find them quite tolerant of summer water: both Bergereanthus jamesii and the second image, Ebracteola wilmanniae have been growing in my rock garden alongside drabas and saxifrages and sempervivums. They have a very long bloom period and wonderful dense habit: I actually had the Ebracteola blooming this year in December and January between snowstorms! It's been blooming for months and shows no sign of stopping. It was a gift last spring from David Salman, owner of High Country Gardens and a great connoisseur of plants (and a good man to have visit your garden: he always brings memorable gifts!)...

Weiser
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PK
I'm always up for hardy South African succulents. I will have to start a separate list with you around.

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Martin Tversted
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Is Ebracteola really that cold hardy? I need to retry it under different conditions....

Martin

Martin Tversted
Central Jutland, Denmark Z6

Kelaidis
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We had -22F  (that's -30 Celsius!) at my house with little snow cover: the Ebracteola was blooming a week or two before that and has been blooming ever since. If that's not cold hardy, what is?

It's tough as nails: in our continental climate anyway. In maritime climates it could be tender..

For every minion of the peaks there are a dozen steppe children growing in the dry Continental heart of all hemispheres still unknown to horticulture.

RickR
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Amazing, I am ready to try that one here!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

cohan
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Nice, worth a shot anyway...lol

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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