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Hardy ice plant

Delosperma selections

Hardy ice plant

This is a great, colorful flower for any well-drained area, such as a slope, the edge of a retaining wall, a rock garden, a raised bed, alongside a walk, or in sandy soil. It also has attractive, green, needlelike succulent foliage that become covered with purplish-pink or yellow flowers at peak bloom, which ranges from late spring to early summer. Hardy ice plant needs full sun and excellent drainage to do well.

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
4-8 inches tall
Plant Width:
1-2 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Drought Tolerant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Delosperma cooperi forms a mat of creeping succulent foliage several inches tall by 2 feet wide. It has hot pink daisylike flowers. Zones 5-10
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Delosperma sutherlandii has bright green succulent foliage with flattened, 3-sided leaves. It bears purplish-pink flowers in summer. Zones 6-9
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Delosperma cooperi 'John Profitt' is a hardy selection of Cooper's hardy ice plant with improved garden performance. Zones 5-10
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Plant It With

The airy yellow daisies of 'Moonbeam' coreopsis look outstanding dancing above a carpet of hardy ice plant. Both handle hot, sunny, dry conditions well.


The upright spires of spike speedwell create a striking contrast to the low, creeping mat of hardy ice plant.


The succulent foliage of 'Blue Spruce' sedum mimics that of hardy ice plant but in a finer texture.