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Narrow-Leaved Ice Plant

Conicosia spp.

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Narrow-Leaved Ice Plant Overview

Conicosia is a genus with just 2 low-growing species of perennial or biennial, tuberous, herbaceous succulent plants. They are in the ice plant family, Aizoaceae, which is also known as vygies in South Africa and New Zealand. This genus is known generally as narrow-leaved ice plants. They produce opposite or alternately arranged leaves measuring around 40cm long, which are elongate and finger-shaped with pointed tips and semi-concave on the upper surface. These plants produce solitary, daisy-like flowers on long stems, these vary in size but may grow up to 13cm across and usually have an unpleasant scent. Petals are varying shades of yellow to yellow-white and linear in shape, rarely white on the upper petal surface and pink on the underside. They are photosensitive, opening in response to the afternoon sun and closing at sunset.