April 18, 2008
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photo by Donald Kinney
Ice-plant is a familiar sight to anyone who has ever driven down a California freeway, but according to the Wikipedia it is actually an invasive species. Quote: "Ice-plant poses a serious ecological problem, forming vast monospecific zones, lowering biodiversity, and competing directly with several threatened or endangered plant species for nutrients, water, light, and space." End Quote.
And although it may be an invasive species, it's definitely here in California to stay. It makes a great soil retainer, requires very little water, and is -- at least in my opinion -- beautiful beyond description...
In my old home-town of Pacific Grove, a man by the name of Mr. Berwick, with the aid of a few Boy Scouts, started planting a miniature vareity of ice-plant along the waterfront back in the 1940's and it has been flourishing ever since. It is "picture-postcard pretty", and tourists always go home with great photos. Yep, invasive or not, ice-plant is definitely o.k. in my book...
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