With a common name like ‘Frosted Jade’, you might expect Chiastophyllum oppositifolium to be a showy plant, and this it is. It is also known as ‘Lambs Tails’ and this refers to the arching yellow flower that appear from spring to early summer, that add another dimension to this unusual plant.
A succulent plant that works well as a ground cover Chiastophyllum oppositifolium is related to the Sedums, however might be regarded as a little showier in terms of flowers.
Foliage is either green or variegated and is ground hugging and fairly dense, broad fleshy foliage similar to many succulents.
This is a useful perennial that forms a ground cover, flowering early in the season with masses of yellow flowers on arching stems, it is a little unusual in Australia, however is is low on water requirements and attractive with the arching bracts of flowers being rather graceful.
Chiastophyllum oppositifolium Care
Preferring a part shaded position, this is an excellent plant for a woodland situation.
- Position – Semi shade
- Soil – Well drained humus rich.
- Height – to 20cm
- Spread – to 50 cm, this is a plant that will slowly creep and form a good clump.