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Corpuscularia lehmannii (Ice Plant)

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Scientific Name

Corpuscularia lehmannii (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Schwant.

Common Names

Ice Plant

Synonyms

Delosperma lehmannii, Delosperma algoense, Mesembryanthemum lehmannii, Mesembryanthemum sexpartitum, Schonlandia lehmannii

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Corpuscularia lehmannii is a popular succulent plant up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and up to 12 inches (30 cm) wide, with thick leaves that grow in opposing pairs. The leaves are 3-angled, grey-green, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long. The flowers are yellow, daisy-like, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Delosperma plants 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

Corpuscularia lehmannii is native to South Africa.

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