Ice Plant (Delosperma cooperi)

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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 3 to 6 inches (8-15 cm)
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches (46-61 cm)
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Mauve
Purple
Other: Magenta
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Other: Depending on growing zone
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Division
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: UC Davis Arboretum All Star

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The ATP Top 50 Xeriscapic PlantsThe ATP Top 50 Xeriscapic Plants
By dave on July 19, 2014

Does xeriscapic mean boring and dry looking? Absolutely not! You'll never believe what beautiful blooms are available for the non-irrigated landscape. Come in and see.

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Photo gallery:
Location: Western NCDate: 2014-05-29
By vic
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2012-05-08
By zuzu
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By Hamwild
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Location: N Ga - zone 8ADate: 06/2/2008
By CAKnapp
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2012-07-15
By Zencat
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Date: 2017-05-02
By bwbillh
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Location: N GaDate: 06/02/2008
By CAKnapp
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2007-06-28
By Joy
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Location: Southwest Las Vegas, NVDate: 2012-03-22Ice Plant (Delosperma cooperi)
By RobGlen
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Location: Glendale, AZDate: 2012-03-22Delosperma cooperi
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Location: Orem, UtahDate: 2012-04-02At Sunriver Nursery
By Paul2032
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Date: 2013-05-09
By Paul2032
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Courtesy Outsidepride
By vic
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Location: My garden in Warrenville, SCDate: May 5, 2014Forms a great border along the koi pond
By scflowers
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Date: 2017-05-24
By Rebekah
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-07-05
By Joy
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-07-04
By Joy
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2012-06-21Planted as one small plant 4 years ago.
By Zencat
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2012-07-15
By Zencat
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Date: 2013-05-09
By Paul2032
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Date: 2013-05-09
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
By vic
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2013-0622Blooming a few weeks after planting.
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Location: Rose garden, at drivewayDate: 2014-06-24Growing very well despite regular watering.
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Location: Rose garden at driveway.Date: 2014-06-24
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Location: Rose garden at driveway.Date: 2014-06-24
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Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with Permission.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Allentown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-07-03
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Location: Cheyenne, WyomingDate: 2020-02-16
By MrsBinWY
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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Nov 9, 2013 3:44 PM

I have had this plant for 1-1/2 years now. It started out as a plant in a 3" pot, summer of 2012.



A year and half later this is what it looks like. Notice the shadows, the sun is going down, so the blooms start closing for the night. When the blooms are fully open the plant is covered in beautiful purple blooms.


There is another 4 foot long wall filled with D. cooperi. Both walls of cooperi go all the way to the ground. I have lost count of the times this summer that I have pruned them way back, so they won't overtake the rest of the beds, and I have given many starts to other gardeners.
This plant starts easily from cuttings, blooms heavily until winter freeze (here in my zone 8 PNW), and is evergreen for me. After two hard freezes it is still blooming.

This is a wonderful plant for using as a ground cover. It makes a dense carpet that seems to repel weeds. I do find a rare bindweed which has been very easy to remove. In a day or two you can't even tell where you disturbed the D. cooperi.

This has provided food for the bees from late spring until November.

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Posted by bsavage (Dolores, Colorado) on Dec 7, 2011 4:43 PM

We bought small ice plants a few years ago for our (then) new heather bed. We planted a few... and they grew, and grew, and grew! We've since added them to other beds because they are such great plants! Great for full sun, they survive our zone 5 winters with flying colors... great ground cover and pop of color, AND they bloom all summer long!

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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Oct 28, 2012 3:35 PM

Here it is the end of October and this delosperma is still blooming and setting new buds. It has bloomed all summer without slowing down.

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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Feb 11, 2013 4:45 PM

Survives Colorado Zone 5 in a rock garden w/no winter protection at all.

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Plant Events from our members
tabbycat On May 1, 2020 Obtained plant
1st bloom of 2020, got a pic
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MrsBinWY From May 29, 2020 to May 28, 2020 Potted up
16 pots, most with multiple plants in them
MrsBinWY On February 16, 2020 Seeds sown
16 groups from GeoSeed in milk jug @ room temp
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