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DELOSPERMA cooperi

Image of Delosperma cooperi

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Aizoaceae

Botanical Name

DELOSPERMA cooperi

Plant Common Name

Cooper's Ice Plant

General Description

Masses of hot pink flowers, drought tolerance and vigorous growth are the hallmarks of Cooper’s ice plant. This herbaceous perennial is native to South Africa where it is commonly found growing in dry, poor soils. When in bloom it becomes covered with bright pink daisy-like flowers with white eyes. These appear with regularity from spring until summer. The medium green foliage is succulent, cylindrical and covered with many small flakes that resemble ice, hence the common name “ice plant.”

This tough, sun-loving plant loves the heat and prefers very well-drained soil. If its roots become too wet they can quickly develop rot. This is a super plant for sunny slopes or rock gardens. It forms thick mats and is a dependable evergreen groundcover. Some Delosperma are considered invasive, particularly in the western United States.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    4"-8" / 10.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Southern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Hot Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes