I cannot provide a common name for Acanthophyllum cerastioides as there is no widely recognized common name for this species. It is typically referred to by its scientific name. Acanthophyllum cerastioides

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
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🍪 Not edible
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Acanthophyllum cerastioides, commonly known as the thorny cushion, is a perennial plant that is noteworthy for its distinctive cushion-like growth habit. The plant forms a dense mound of spiny, needle-like foliage. The leaves are typically green to grey-green and can have a waxy or hairy texture, which helps in retaining moisture. The thorny cushion produces small, attractive flowers arranged in clusters. The blossoms can vary in color, typically presenting shades of pink, white or purple. These flowers are often tubular and may have a delicate, almost feather-like appearance. The petals may exhibit a fine, fringed margin, adding to their decorative appeal. After flowering, the plant may produce small, dry fruits which are usually encapsulated in a spiky outer covering. This characteristic adds an additional layer of texture to the plant, even when it is not in bloom. Overall, the thorny cushion is a plant that is both visually and texturally fascinating, making it appealing for gardens and landscape arrangements that seek to incorporate unique forms and varieties.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Hard-Heads, Goose Plant

    • Common names

      Gypsophila cerastioides, Acanthophyllum gypsophiloides, Bolanthus cerastioides.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Information on the specific toxicity of Acanthophyllum cerastioides, also known as the spiny pink, to humans is not readily available in the scientific literature. Therefore, it is not possible to provide an accurate description of its potential toxicity, symptoms of poisoning, or consequences of ingesting this plant without further scientific evidence. As with any plant, it is recommended to exercise caution and avoid ingesting parts of the plant unless it is known to be safe for human consumption.

    • To pets

      Information on the specific toxicity of Acanthophyllum cerastioides, commonly referred to as spiny pink, to pets is not well-documented in the scientific literature. Consequently, it is not possible to provide a detailed account of its potential toxicity, symptoms of poisoning, or consequences that may result from pets ingesting this plant. Pet owners should exercise caution and prevent pets from consuming parts of this or any unknown plants to ensure their safety.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 feet (30 cm)

    • Spread

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental value: Adds aesthetic appeal with its delicate pink or white flowers and unique foliage when grown in gardens and landscapes.
    • Drought resistance: Well-suited to arid climates, conserving water as it thrives in dry conditions.
    • Erosion control: Its root system helps stabilize soil and prevent erosion on slopes and in rocky areas.
    • Habitat for wildlife: Offers food and shelter to a variety of insects, which in turn can attract birds and other wildlife.
    • Pollinator-friendly: Flowers provide nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Hardiness: Tolerant to a range of temperatures, making it suitable for gardens in a variety of climatic regions.
    • Soil improvement: Can help in improving soil structure over time through its root growth and decay.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Acanthophyllum cerastioides, known as prickly thrift, can be used in rock gardens for its drought-resistant properties and ability to add texture with its spiky leaves.
    • The plant's dense growth habit makes it suitable for use in preventing soil erosion on slopes and in areas where water runoff is a concern.
    • Due to its resilient nature, prickly thrift can be incorporated into xeriscaping designs, which require minimal irrigation and maintenance.
    • Its attractive flowers make prickly thrift a choice for ornamental borders, where its blooms add color and attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
    • Acanthophyllum cerastioides can be planted in coastal areas as it shows a moderate tolerance to salt sprays and sandy soils.
    • In rural traditions, the plant has been used to stuff small mattresses or pillows due to its dense foliage.
    • Prickly thrift can serve as a living mulch, providing ground cover to maintain soil moisture and reduce the growth of unwanted weeds.
    • The spikes and rough texture of the plant may act as a natural deterrent for garden pests like rabbits and deer, who may find it less palatable.
    • Gardeners can utilize prickly thrift to create intricate patterns or green 'carpets' in full sun areas of their backyards or public spaces.
    • When dried, the plant can be used for creating natural decorative arrangements or for adding an element of texture in dried flower crafts.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Acanthophyllum cerastioides is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Acanthophyllum cerastioides is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Acanthophyllum cerastioides, also known as "Hardy Ice Plant," is known for its resilience and ability to thrive in harsh, rocky environments, which can symbolize the capacity to endure difficult conditions and adapt to adversity.
    • Beauty in Adversity: Despite its preference for challenging habitats, this plant produces beautiful flowers, representing the idea of finding beauty or positivity in tough situations.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The Common Thrift needs to be watered once a week with enough water to moisten the soil but not to the point of saturation, ensuring proper drainage. Approximately 16 ounces of water should suffice for a small to medium-sized plant. It is crucial to allow the top inch of the soil to dry out before the next watering to prevent overwatering. During the active growing season in spring and summer, keep a consistent watering schedule, but reduce the frequency in the fall and winter when the plant's growth slows down.

  • sunLight

    Common Thrift thrives best in full sun to partial shade conditions. It should be placed in a spot where it can receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. An east or west-facing window or a position in the garden that gets full morning sun and dappled shade in the afternoon is ideal.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Common Thrift prefers temperatures between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit but can withstand brief drops to as low as 40 degrees and highs reaching 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal temperature for promoting its growth and flowering is within the upper half of this range, but protect it from extreme cold and heat as these conditions can be detrimental to the plant's health.

  • scissorsPruning

    Common Thrift should be pruned to remove dead or fading flowers to encourage more blooms, and to maintain its compact, cushion-like shape. Pruning can be done after the main flowering period in early summer, cutting back the spent flowers and any straggly growth. Periodic trimming may also be needed to keep the foliage dense and attractive.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Persian Stonecress prefers well-draining soil with plenty of grit or sand to emulate its native rocky habitats. A mixture of standard potting soil with additional perlite or pumice and coarse sand would be ideal. Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH, between 6.0 and 7.5, for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Persian Stonecress should be repotted every 2-3 years to refresh the soil and accommodate root growth. Carefully repot in the spring, just before the new growth season begins, to minimize stress on the plant.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Persian Stonecress does not require high humidity and is well-suited to the moderate ambient humidity found in most homes. It can tolerate drier conditions typical of its natural mountainous habitats.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, sheltered from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Acanthophyllum cerastioides, commonly known as the Hard-leaf Pincushion, begins its life cycle with seed germination, which is dependent on suitable environmental conditions such as moisture and temperature. Once the seeds germinate, they develop into seedlings with root systems and cotyledons that provide nutrients for growth. As the plant matures, it enters the vegetative stage where it develops true leaves and begins photosynthesis, growing in size and strength. The next phase is the flowering stage, where the Hard-leaf Pincushion produces flowers that attract pollinators through various mechanisms, such as color and nectar. Once pollinated, the flowers develop into fruit that contains seeds, completing the reproductive cycle. Finally, the seeds are dispersed by environmental factors or animals, ensuring the continuation of the species in the ecosystem.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: Acanthophyllum cerastioides, commonly known as a kind of cushion or mat-forming perennial, is typically propagated through seed sowing. The most popular method involves sowing seeds in the late winter or early spring months. The process requires a well-draining seed starting mix, within which the seeds are lightly covered. Consistent moisture and a temperature range between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 18-24 degrees Celsius) is maintained to encourage germination. It's important to provide the germinating seeds with ample light. Once seedlings have developed sufficient roots, they can be transplanted to individual pots and later to their permanent outdoor locations when all risk of frost has passed and they have hardened off.