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Mesembryanthemum Criniflorum is a lovely bright flower that can not help but make you happy on a sunny day.

Sunshine Subjects

Mesembryanthemum Criniflorum is a lovely bright flower that can not help but make you happy on a sunny day.

comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Apr 2016, 03:08
It would make me happy any day, Mary.
Mary MacADNski: They love sun and heat.
And so this photo of them has made me smile!
Mary MacADNski: The soft texture and bright colours of this succulent are amazing.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Apr 2016, 06:38
I love these things, so bright & colourful
Mary MacADNski: I haven't planted them in 5 years, it turns out. I will again this year.
I'm sooooooo happy, Mary! smile
Mary MacADNski: I had a suitcase full of these one year.
They definitely make me happy Mary. Look at these vivid colours!
Mary MacADNski: I love the colours so much. They're very cheery.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Apr 2016, 08:23
And your photo can make happy us, too!
Mary MacADNski: I am glad of that.
This is a riot of colour Mary, very cheering thank you.
Mary MacADNski: They greet you like sunshine.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 6 Apr 2016, 09:43
You have inspired me to grow some this year, Astrid
Mary MacADNski: This was the last time for me, five years ago so I think I will plant some this year.
Lovely aren't they, but I always have a problem saying their name smile
Mary MacADNski: There are many different types of this genus so I am used to the name. You can call them ice plants.
brightens up ones day... lovely!
Mary MacADNski: They are like sunshine in a pot.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Apr 2016, 15:31
What a name. They are indigenous to my country, where they flower in huge carpets (hundreds of hectares) at the end of our winter in the Northern and Western Cape, which are winter rainfall areas.

The afrikaans name of 'vygie' means little fig. The plants in this article http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantcd/carpobed.htm are bigger and more robust than those in your picture. Once the flower dies down, a knob remains, that forms a fruit. When you cut it, it reminds somewhat of a fig. These knobs are harvested and dried and eaten as 'sour figs' - quite nice.

Lovely shot of this mixed bunch.
Mary MacADNski: Yes, it is from that same family. I have seen photos of these flower carpets that you describe. The know that remains in this one looks like a button.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Apr 2016, 16:01
I'll take your word for it, mary, as to waht they are called. You're right about the sentiment, though.
Mary MacADNski: They are also called ice plants. Louis has a link to it's edible sister.
I have grown some very small and puny seedlings, all we need now is a long hot Summer.
Mary MacADNski: I am starting seedlings tomorrow, a week late but everything is ready. I just have to seed and water.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Apr 2016, 17:59
This is making me very happy after a day at work (aka as the nut factory)...
I do love these 'sun bathers'... great colours.
Mary MacADNski: They certainly are sun bathers; don't like rain at all.
A lovely shot, Mary.
Mary MacADNski: Thank you, Frank.
  • Pauline
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Apr 2016, 18:31
You've cheered my grey day up, Mary.
Mary MacADNski: They erase grey.
Mesembryanthemum is a terrible word to pronounce so I just call them Livingstone Daisies. They are very pretty flowers
Mary MacADNski: I call them ice plants but I have heard Livingston Daisies. They are so cheery but if you have a rainy climate they would never be open enough to bring cheer.
A lovely flower! Must get some - my mesembryanthemums have disappeared.
Mary MacADNski: Is this the type you had? There are so many lovely flowers in the large family.
They are gorgeous, even if it were a drab day...
Mary MacADNski: They don't open on a drab day - like dandelions.

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