Delosperma cooperi

  • Vibrant purplish pink 2-inch flowers.
  • Heat, drought and salt tolerant.
  • Plant as a groundcover or add to rock gardens.
  • Evergreen.

Perfect 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.

Ice 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.

Common Names: Hardy Ice Plant, Trailing Ice Plant, Cooper’s Ice Plant