ice plant


: any of various usually succulent herbs (as of the genera Carpobrotus, Delosperma, and Mesembryanthemum) of the carpetweed family used especially as ground covers or for erosion control

Examples of ice plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vivid green grass on the foothills, the pops of fuchsia blossoms in thickets of coastal ice plant, the yellow flowers of black mustard: None of it is native to Southern California. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2023 The ice plant was built when the borough was booming, at the turn of the last century. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2023 Flowers to start: Asters, nicotiana, cleome, ice plant, zinnia, salpiglossis, schizanthus, nigella, phlox, nemesia, marigold, nasturtiums achimenes (tuber), brachyscome (15C), dianthus (5), stock (10L), lockspar (20C). Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Apr. 2023 More than half of the Reserve is covered with nonnative invasive plants like mustard and ice plant. Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2023 The discovery of the AME Church site on San Pedro Creek, as part of a patchwork of 1800s foundations of a soap factory, ice plant, brewery and other industrial uses, was one of the most significant archaeological finds in recent years in San Antonio. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Feb. 2022 Other common green roof plants include ice plant (Delospermum sp.), hens and chicks (Sempervivum sp.), creeping thyme (Thymus serphyllum), chives and ornamental onions (Allium sp.), phloxes (Phlox sp.), pussytoes (Anntenaria sp.), thrift (Armeria sp.), and false rock cress (Aubretia sp.). oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 Flowers to start from seed: Dianthus, larkspur, stock, asters, nicotiana, cleome, annual ice plant, zinnia, salpiglossis, snaps, cosmos, lupine, malva. Tubers and corms: Start tuberous begonias and dahlias. Jeff Lowenfels | Alaska Gardening and Growing, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2023 Sun exposure: Part to full sun SHOP HONEYSUCKLE 7 Ice Plant The ice plant is a succulent ground plant (notice its fleshy leaves) with daisy-like flowers in vibrant hues — including pink, purple and red. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 23 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ice plant was in 1753

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“Ice plant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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