Delosperma ‘Kelaidis’ PP13867

('Mesa Verde'?, Ice Plant)


Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

?Kelaidis? is a succulent, mat-forming, ice plant that is primarily noted for its prostrate, freely-branching, dense, spreading form and its long bloom of salmon-pink, daisy-like flowers. U. S. patent documents state that ?Kelaidis? was selected in a controlled environment in Denver, Colorado in 1998 as a naturally occurring plant mutation of an unidentified selection of Delosperma cooperii. It typically grows to only 3? tall but spreads to 24? wide or more. Succulent, jellybean-like foliage is covered from late May into fall with salmon-pink flowers (to 1.5? diameter) with yellow centers. Intensity of the flower color and length of the bloom enhance the ornamental interest of these plants. Flowers close up at night and on dark days. Succulent fleshy green foliage is sometimes tinged with purple in winter. Foliage is covered with transparent flakes that somewhat resemble tiny pieces of ice, hence the common name. Plants are evergreen in warm winter climates.

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Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers a dryish, sandy soil. Good tolerance for drought and heat. Good soil drainage is essential for growing this plant well. Avoid over-watering, but do not allow soils to totally dry out. Although plants are reportedly winter hardy to USDA Zone 4, winter survival can still be a problem if soils are not sharply drained and remain moist to wet for extended periods of time. Siting plants on a raised bed may be helpful. Plants spread along the ground sometimes rooting as they go to form an attractive ground cover. Cuttings root easily. Succulent leaves pushed into soil will often root to form new plants.

Additional information

Common Name

'Mesa Verde'?, Ice Plant

Botanical Name

Delosperma 'Kelaidis' PP13867


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements



3 to 6 inches


2 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs

Drought tolerant

Blooming Period

Spring until frost

Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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