Autumn races like a fit athlete with the finishing line in sight, bringing daily changes. One plant that shows the pace of the call of Winter is the Sedum Ice Plant. It often hardly opens its tiny pink star petal flowers barely enough for the honey bees to sip its nectar. Many of these small perfect flower formations remain tinged with green, right up until the moment when the roots begin to suck the faint frothy colour away and replace it with a deeper bloody pink pallet as it slowly dies. Eventually each petal becomes brown and crisp, not dried by the sun but scorched by death. The flower heads and stems will remain upright all through the Winter and stand to attention like soldiers on parade until the following Summer if not pruned neatly back.
The dried flower heads are useful additions to Winter flower arrangements and can be sprayed different colours including gold or silver with a sprinkle of glitter for Christmas table decorations.
Sedum Ice Plant