Ice Plant (Delosperma)
Ice Plant Plant FeaturesPerfect for sunny slopes or rock gardens, ice plant quickly forms a low carpet of succulent foliage that adds texture and interest even when these sun-loving perennials are not in bloom. Few plants are easier to grow once established -- it doesn't require any special care to thrive. Ice plant gets its name from the small, glistening dots on the foliage that resemble tiny ice crystals. Growing 6 to 8 inches tall, ice plant produces brilliant purple, pink, or yellow daisy-like flowers throughout the summer. It's drought and deer resistant. Zones 5-9.
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Ice Plant Growing InstructionsIce plant requires a sunny spot that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day. It can tolerate partial shade, but doesn't bloom nearly as much.
Plant it in well-drained soil. Ice plant hates clay and poorly draining soils; it often dies if planted in a spot where there's standing water for extended periods. For best effect, plant ice plant on a hillside or slope where the soil will drain quickly after a storm. It's also excellent in raised beds or raised mounds.
You don't need to worry about pruning ice plant. You can fertilize, if you wish, but this easy-care groundcover doesn't require fertilization in most soil types.
Ice plant is not intended for human or animal consumption.
Low water needs
Complement your Ice PlantSedum
Sedums are as drought tolerant as Ice Plant and have equally interesting foliage so together they make a great combination.
Add touches of bold spring color to your Ice Plant with Iceland Poppy.
Add drama and interest to an Ice Plant border by scattering a few Agaves in the bed.