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Hardy Ice Plant

Delosperma cooperi

Hardy ice plant is a perennial groundcover that is often grown as an annual.  Its resilience to heat and drought make it a tough landscape plant, while its showy flowers make it attractive to pollinators.

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Delosperma cooperi

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Delosperma cooperi Plant Information

Scientific Name: Delosperma sp.
Common Name: hardy ice plant
Family: Aizoaceae
Suggested Uses: perennial frequently treated as an annual

Plant Form: spreading
Height: 6 inches
Spread: 12 inches
Foliage: small, fleshy, angled leaves

finely-textured foliage
Flower: yellow, purple, or white daisy-like flowers that may be showy
Bloom Period: Spring - Summer
Sun: full sun
Water: low water requirement

Soil: well-drained soil
Heat Tolerance: high heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 5 - 9
Native Range: South Africa
Maintenance: roots easily

propagation by stem cuttings
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to root rot
Wildlife: attracts bees
Additional Notes: good near shores

can serve as a fire retardant

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