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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 with thick leaves that grow in opposing pairs. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall with a spread of up to 12 inches (30 cm). Laves are 3-angled, grey-green, and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long. Flowers are yellow, daisy-like, and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter.

Corpuscularia lehmannii (Ice Plant)

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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 Delospermas 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 consider this 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 soil's surface 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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