Delosperma, commonly known as Ice Plant, is a genus of succulent perennial plants that are native to southern Africa. These plants are known for their vibrant, daisy-like flowers. Delosperma is typically low to the ground with a sprawling growth habit and is commonly used as a ground cover or in rock gardens.
The leaves of Delosperma plants are fleshy and succulent and range in color from green to grayish-blue. They are typically small, oval-shaped, and arranged alternately along the stem. The leaves are adapted to store water, which helps the plant to survive in arid environments. The flowers are daisy-like with a central disk and can be either flat or reflexed. They come in yellow, orange, pink, purple, and white and bloom from late spring to early fall.
Delosperma plants are easy to grow and can thrive in various growing conditions. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil but can tolerate some shade and a range of soil types. Delosperma plants are drought-tolerant and can go for extended periods without water, making them a great choice for dry climates and xeriscaping.
In addition to their hardiness, Delosperma plants are also relatively low-maintenance. They benefit from occasional fertilization with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer and should be watered sparingly during the growing season. In colder climates, Delosperma plants may benefit from a layer of mulch to protect the roots from freezing temperatures.
Delosperma plants are a popular choice for use in landscaping due to their low-maintenance nature and vibrant blooms. They are commonly used as ground covers or in rock gardens, where their mat-like structure can help to stabilize soil and prevent erosion. Delosperma plants can also be used in containers or hanging baskets, where their trailing growth habit and colorful blooms can add interest and color to a patio or balcony.
One popular variety of Delosperma is the ‘Jewel of Desert’ series, which features a range of colors, from bright yellow to deep purple. This series is notable for its compact growth habit and prolific blooming.
Another popular variety of Delosperma is the ‘Fire Spinner’ cultivar, which features flowers with bright pink and orange petals. This cultivar is notable for its ability to change color depending on the temperature and light conditions, giving it a unique and dynamic appearance.