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Delosperma echinatum (Pickle Plant)

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Scientific Name

Delosperma echinatum (Lam.) Schwantes

Common Names

Pickle Plant, Ice Plant

Synonyms

Drosanthemum pruinosum, Mesembryanthemum echinatum

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Delosperma echinatum is a low shrubby sprawling succulent shrub, often prostrate but can grow up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall, with thin wiry stems holding pairs of 1 inch (2.5 cm) long barrel-shaped green leaves that, like the younger stems, bristle with soft spine-like white hairs. From late winter through fall, with a peak in spring, appear up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) wide, pale yellow flowers held at the stem tips.

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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

Native to South Africa (Eastern Cape).

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