Delosperma

The hardy and drought tolerant ice plant

Delosperma is sometimes also known as Ice Plant, although this name is mostly used for the other close relatives Mesembryanthemum and Carpobrotus.

Delosperma, the ice plant


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The names seem interchangeable, and it takes a botanist to figure out which one is in use at any particular time.

The plant I know as Delosperma is usually bright green, with opposing leaves, crowned in full sun situations with a brightly coloured pink, red or mauve daisy like bloom. The flowers will close up in shade or on cloudy days.

Delosperma are used in containers and planters for a sunny deck or patio, and also for a ground cover in really difficult situations like the 'hell strip' - that dry, compacted and dangerous area adjacent to the road, where even brave gardeners fear to tread.

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