Delosperma cooperi

(hardy, Ice Plant)


Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Native to South Africa, this ice plant species typically forms a vigorous, succulent, spreading, evergreen ground cover in warm winter areas of the United States. However, north of USDA Zones 7 it is at best semi-evergreen and is not reliably winter hardy. This is a succulent mat-forming plant that typically grows to 3? tall and spreads quickly to 24? or more. Daisy-like, bright red-purple flowers (to 2? diameter) cover the plant with bloom from May to October.. The neon-like intensity of the flower color and length of bloom greatly enhance the ornamental interest of these plants. Succulent, fleshy, cylindrical, medium green leaves. Foliage is covered with transparent flakes that somewhat resemble tiny pieces of ice, hence the common name.

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Best grown in dry, sharply-drained soils in full sun. This plant will grow poorly or die in any soil that is not well-drained. Avoid unamended clay soils. Tolerates average to lean soils including sandy and gravelly ones. Water sparingly during the growing season. Plants have good tolerance for heat and drought.

Additional information

Common Name

hardy, Ice Plant

Botanical Name

Delosperma cooperi


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun


to 6 in.


to 24 in.

Soil Condition


Water Needs

Drought tolerant

Blooming Period

late spring until frost

Flower Color

Pinkish purple



Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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