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Delosperma basuticum – White-eyed Ice Plant

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Scientific Name

Delosperma basuticum L.Bolus

Common Names

White-eyed Ice Plant

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Tribe: Ruschieae
Genus: Delosperma

Description

Delosperma basuticum is the hardiest and cutest of the ice plants. It is up to 1.5 inch (3.7 cm) and forms a low cushion of rubbery, succulent green leaves. Good-sized starry yellow flowers have a white center, the blooms resting right on top of the leaves in summer.

Delosperma basuticum - White-eyed Ice Plant

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 4a to 7b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 10 °F (−12.2 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Delosperma flowers grow in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-9 and will bloom for most of the summer and fall. Their foliage is mostly evergreen and, because of this, they make a great year-round ground cover. While the plant is evergreen, it will often have some dieback of foliage in the winter. Delospermas prefer full sun but can tolerate some light shade in the garden. Because Delosperma are succulents, they do not tolerate wet soil, though they do well in poor soils. In fact, wet soil, especially during the winter months, is likely to kill the plants. In areas where the soil stays consistently dry, this plant can become invasive, so it is best to take this into consideration when planting it.

The Ice Plant can be propagated by division, cuttings or seeds. If propagating by division, it is best to divide the plants in the spring. Cuttings can be taken anytime in the spring, summer or fall. When grown by seeds, scatter the seeds on the surface of the soil and do not cover them, as they need light to germinate… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Delosperma.

Origin

Native to South Africa.

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