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LAMPRANTHUS productus

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Family

Aizoaceae

Botanical Name

LAMPRANTHUS productus

Plant Common Name

Purple Ice Plant

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General Description

With a carpet of fleshy, blue-gray leaves, purple ice plant becomes splendidly colorful with many daisy-like violet-purple blossoms from early winter to spring. A tender perennial with a sprawling habit, it is a succulent native to the Cape Provinces of South Africa, being tolerant of light frosts. The juicy and wax-like leaves are grayish green to bluish green and look like small baby's fingers with occasional bronzed tips and stems. In early winter a profuse, foliage-masking display of flowers begins, lasting into spring. The small flowers have a small central yellow disc surrounded by long, lance-shaped, violet-purple daisies. From a distance you'd think you've come across a chrysanthemum. There are occasional spurts of flowering year 'round, especially if seed capsules are removed.

Grow purple 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 coastal semi-deserts, it will need partial shade from hottest afternoon summer sun in hot arid desert gardens. It is a great groundcover for a succulent garden, rockery, or seaside landscape 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 utilizing it in a succulent hanging basket or as a massive, hillside groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • 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

    12"-15" / 30.5cm - 38.1cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Early Winter, 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, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Purple, Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Gray Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Bronze

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes