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Delosperma cooperi (Ice Plant)

Ice Plant, Hardy Ice Plant


Ideal for hot dry gardens, Delosperma cooperi (Ice Plant) is a vigorous, mat-forming, evergreen succulent with vibrant, deep purplish-pink, daisy-like flowers, up to 2 in. across (5 cm). Blooming continuously from early summer to fall, the blossoms are produced in such quantities that they literally cover the foliage of fleshy, light green leaves. The intensity of the flower color, combined with the long blooming season and evergreen foliage, reinforce the ornamental interest of this plant. Perfect choice as a groundcover or for rock gardens.

  • Grows up to 3-6 in. tall (7-15 cm) and spreads vigorously to 24 in. (60 cm) or more.
  • Thrives in full sun in dry, well-drained soils. Good drainage is essential to survival. Tolerates average to lean soils including sandy and gravelly ones. If conditions are too wet, it will suffer and grow poorly. Water sparsely during the growing season. Good heat, salt and drought tolerance.
  • Deer resistant but attractive to butterflies.
  • Easy to grow, Delosperma is a good choice for areas of the garden that are sunny and dry. Excellent addition to border fronts, rock gardens, coastal gardens, banks and slopes or naturalized areas. Delosperma makes a lovely groundcover and is perfect for containers.
  • No serious insect or disease issues. May be occasionally affected by aphids and mealybugs.
  • Propagate by seed or by softwood cuttings in spring or summer
  • Native to South Africa.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 10
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Plant Family Delosperma - Ice Plants
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 10
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Plant Family Delosperma - Ice Plants
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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