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Corpuscularia taylorii (Ice Plant)

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Scientific Name

Corpuscularia taylorii (N.E.Br.) Schwantes

Common Names

Ice Plant

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Corpuscularia taylorii is a succulent plant that grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. It is very similar to Corpuscularia lehmanniiC. taylorii has longer internodes, whereas the C. lehmannii is more compact. Nice compact grey-green leaves grow in a mat-like form. In the full sun, this plant will get various tones of pink, purple, and red. Flowers are white to pale yellow, daisy-like, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 8b to 10b: from 15 °F (−9.4 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °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 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 taylorii is native to South Africa.

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