The depicted plant closes its blooms at night. It has purple, thin, spidery petals, as well as thick, soft, needle-shaped leafs. I obtained it at a handout 2-3 years ago at a botanical garden here in Central Europe and have planted it outside. It has paid me faithful company ever since.

What is it?

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I think it is the hardy ice plant, or Delosperma cooperi. It is not originally from Europe, but from South Africa. See here for confirmation. It is a succulent, with halucinogenic compounds (DMT) in the leaves, so be careful not to eat it (unless you're in for a trip).

  • Excellent & yes, definitely a Delosperma and most likely a Delosperma cooperi. And I heed advise from the Netherlands re trips :-)
    – Drux
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 8:19
  • I wouldn't advice to use DMT, I have read stories about it. They say you get in another dimension with dancing mechanical elves...
    – benn
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 8:38
  • This was just meant as an innocent joke. Sorry if it caused a misunderstanding. I'm not interested in such trips at all. Again, thanks for your kind response.
    – Drux
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 8:46
  • No worries, and your welcome! In my youth I was interested in these psychoactive compounds, but DMT always seemed a bit too much. So I thought I warn you in case you were really serious ;-)
    – benn
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 8:51
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    Yeah, there are a lot of hallucinogens from nature. In my youth (mid 90s), we had a book "Uit je Bol" in Dutch (never translated to English unfortunately), in which all psychoactive drugs were explained including a lot of natural drugs as well, like mushrooms and peyote, etc.
    – benn
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 9:17

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