Pale Dewplant, Bryher, Isles of Scilly
Closer view of flowers and leaves
Stubby leaves with ice-like papillae
Leaves tinged with colours
Rosea Ice Plant
March to August
It is found mainly in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It is a neophyte, introduced into England from South Africa in
the early 1700s. It was first seen naturalised in the wild in
It grows as a carpet and has been used to stabilise and
It is naturalised by the coast on walls, rocks and cliffs.
Pale Dewplant is a perennial, prostrate, trailing and
carpet-forming, shrub growing up to 30cm.
Flowers are up to 4cm across and usually pale purple.
Some garden cultivars are more brightly coloured, ranging
from white to red.
Leaves are succulent and almost cylindrical. They are
covered in small papillae, which give the leaves en masse
a grey sheen and are why the plant is given the ice plant tag.
Stems are thin, prostrate stems and woody at the base.
It spreads via rooting stem fragments.
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