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Lampranthus spectabilis (Trailing Ice Plant)

Trailing Ice Plant


Forming a carpet of fleshy, gray-green succulent leaves, Lampranthus spectabilis (Trailing Ice Plant) is a tender perennial with a sprawling habit which provides a spectacular floral display as it gets covered with an abundance of colorful daisy-like blossoms, about 2 in. (5 cm) across. Surrounding a cluster of golden-yellow stamen in the center, each bloom displays a ring of long, narrow, petals in bright shades of rose, pink, purple or white. Lampranthus spectabilis blooms heavily from late winter to spring in warm winter areas, and from early summer to early fall in cooler locations. Evergreen, the wiry stems spread out horizontally, bearing small blue-green finger-like leaves, up to 3 in. long (8 cm). The youngest stems often take a reddish color and add to the visual interest to the landscape.

The intensity of the flower color combined with the long blooming season and evergreen foliage reinforce the ornamental interest of this succulent native to the Cape Provinces of South Africa. Tolerates light frost.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm) and spreads vigorously to 18-26 in. (45-65 cm) or more. Stems can easily be clipped if they go too far in a given direction.
  • Thrives in full sun in dry, well-drained soils. Fast drainage is essential to survival. If conditions are too wet, it will suffer and grow poorly. Tolerates average to nutritionally poor soils, including sandy and gravelly ones. Full sun is best for growth and flowering, but this plant will welcome partial shade from hottest afternoon summer sun in hot arid desert gardens. Water sparsely during the growing season. Heat, drought, and salt tolerant.
  • Deer resistant but attractive to butterflies!
  • Easy to grow, Lampranthus is a great groundcover for succulent gardens, slopes, rock gardens, coastal gardens or naturalized areas. It is also an excellent choice for sunny and dry border fronts and is perfect for containers or hanging baskets where they will attractively spill over.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 12
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Winter
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, 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, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, 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 8 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 12
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Winter
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, 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, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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