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Drosanthemum floribundum (Ice Plant)

Ice Plant, Purple Carpet, Mesembryanthemum hispidum var. pallidum, Mesembryanthemum floribundum, Mesembryanthemum torquatum


Indispensable element of waterwise landscapes, Drosanthemum floribundum (Ice Plant) is a vigorous, spreading, mat forming perennial creating a dazzling carpet of attractive succulent foliage, covered in late spring to early summer with a profusion of lilac purple flowers. The flowers usually open about midday and close in the evenings. On dull, cool days they remain closed. Evergreen, the striking foliage of small, fleshy, cylindrical, light green leaves forms a dense mat that blocks the growth of weeds and stabilizes soil on slopes or banks. Tough, this little plant is known to survive in very hot, dry climatic conditions and can easily colonize large, open spaces, if happy. Heat, drought and salt tolerant, this succulent perennial looks great in rock gardens or containers.

  • Grows up to 6 in. tall (15 cm) and spreads vigorously to several feet. One single plant can cover an area as large as 2m².
  • Thrives in full sun in dry, well-drained soils. Good drainage is essential to survival. Tolerates poor soils. Little to moderate water.
  • Easy to grow, Drosanthemum floribundum is a good choice for erosion control on steep slopes. Excellent addition to sunny rock gardens, or naturalized areas. Drosanthemum floribundum makes a lovely ground cover.
  • Native to South Africa.

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Heat Zones 5 – 12
Climate Zones 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" (15cm)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Salt
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, 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 10 – 11
Heat Zones 5 – 12
Climate Zones 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" (15cm)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Salt
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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