Delosperma basuticum L.Bolus
Delosperma basuticum is a beautiful succulent that forms a low cushion of fleshy, green, almost cylindrical leaves that taper toward their tips. It grows up to 1.5 inches (3.7 cm) tall. The leaves are covered with tiny bladder cells that are water-storage surface cells. The inner surface of the leaves is flat.
Flowers are daisy-like, yellow or purple, and appear right on top of the leaves in summer. The fruits are five-locular capsules.
USDA hardiness zone 5a to 10b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °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 most of the summer and fall. Their foliage is mostly evergreen, and because of this, they make a great year-round ground cover. However, while the plant is evergreen, it often has 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 winter, is likely to kill the plants. However, this plant can become invasive in areas where the soil stays consistently dry, 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.
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