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LAMPRANTHUS aurantiacus

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Family

Aizoaceae

Botanical Name

LAMPRANTHUS aurantiacus

Plant Common Name

Orange Ice Plant

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

With a carpet of fleshy, gray-green leaves, trailing ice plant becomes splendidly colorful with many daisy-like blossoms from late winter to spring. A tender perennial with a spreading habit and upright stems, it is a succulent native to the Cape Provinces of South Africa, being tolerant of light frosts. The small, juicy, and wax-like, tubular leaves are green that are both phantom-spotted and tipped in gray. Starting in midwinter and continuing into the spring the many orange flowers open to attract bees. Surrounding a yellow center disc, each flower has hundreds of short orange petals, resembling plump small daisies.

Grow orange ice plant in a very fast draining soil that is average to nutritionally poor, high in sand content. Full sun is best for growth and flowering, but being a native to semi-deserts, it will need partial shade from hottest afternoon summer sun in hot arid desert gardens. After flowering, cut off the developing seed capsules to encourage denser foliage. It is a great groundcover for a succulent garden or rockery, and in cold regions can be used as either a bedding annual or container plant in spots that are sunny and very well-drained. Of course, also consider using it as a carpeting on a bank or gentle hillside near the beach.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    3'-12' / 0.9m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    South Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Orange

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, 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

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes