Are you looking for a drought-tolerant but lovely flower to fill in your garden's troublesome dry area? You may want to try planting Delospermas, commonly known as Ice Plants. They add a bright splash of color to the drier parts of your garden, and ice plant care is easy.
These succulents are perennial groundcovers with daisy-like flowers. They are not called an Ice Plants because they are cold hardy, but rather because the flowers and leaves seem to shimmer as though covered in frost or ice crystals. The plants grow to be about 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 cm) tall and 2 to 4 feet (5 to 10 cm) wide.
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 plants are evergreen, they will often have some dieback of foliage in the winter.
These plants 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. Wet soil, especially during the winter months, is likely to kill the plants. In areas where the soil stays consistently dry, these plants can become invasive, so it is best to consider this when planting them.
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.
Once they are established, Delospermas require little maintenance. As succulents, they need minimal watering and thrive in drought-like conditions. Also, these plants need little to no fertilizing. Simply plant your Delosperma and watch it grow!
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