General Plant Information (Edit)
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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Common names
  • Ice Plant
  • Cooper's Ice Plant
  • Trailing Ice Plant
  • Hardy Ice Plant
  • Purple Ice Plant

Photo Gallery
Location: Western NC
Date: 2014-05-29
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Date: 2015-05-30
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-06-22
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-03-28
Location: Kyle, Texas
Date: 2017-09-26
Cold hardy, pretty, easy care
Location: Botanical Garden of Utrecht
Date: 2018-09-30
Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2012-05-08
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-03-28
Location: Summer Winds Nursery, Phoenix, Arizona
Date: 2016-11-11
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: 2013-06-19
Photo by Hamwild
Location: Utrecht Botanical Garden
Date: 2022-10-09

Date: 2019-05-15
Location: Summer Winds Nursery, Phoenix, Arizona
Date: 2016-11-11
Location: Glendale, AZ
Date: 2012-03-22
Delosperma cooperi
Location: N Ga - zone 8A
Date: 06/2/2008
Location: Medina, TN
Date: 2011-08-28
Bloomed all summer here. Quickly becoming a favorite.

Date: 2021-05-06

Date: 2021-05-06
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2009-05-25

Date: 2017-05-02
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2012-07-15
Location: Southwest Las Vegas, NV
Date: 2012-03-22
Ice Plant (Delosperma cooperi)
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Location: Botanical Garden Utrecht
Date: 2017-09-24
Location: My garden in Warrenville, SC
Date: May 5, 2014
Forms a great border along the koi pond
Location: Decatur, GA
Date: 2020-05-18
Ice Plant (Delosperma cooperi). 2020-05-18.  Performed well despi

Date: 2021-08-29
Growing in the ground, at a  place less harsh than mine
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2007-06-28
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Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Jul 29, 2012
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Sep 29, 2012
Photo by DianeSeeds
Location: Riverhead, NY
Date: Mid June

Date: 2017-05-24
Location: Orem, Utah
Date: 2012-04-02
At Sunriver Nursery
Location: Bay Area California
Date: December 2021
Note the presence of water capsules around the leaf.

Date: 2013-05-09
Location: Botanical Garden Berlin
Date: 2017-03-26
Location: N Ga
Date: 06/02/2008
Location: Rose garden
Date: 2013-0622
Blooming a few weeks after planting.
Location: Pembroke, GA
Date: 2014-01-23
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
Photo by clintbrown
Location: Rose garden, at driveway
Date: 2014-06-24
Growing very well despite regular watering.
Location: Rose garden at driveway.
Date: 2014-06-24
Location: Rose garden at driveway.
Date: 2014-06-24

Date: 2013-05-09

Date: 2013-05-09
Location: Botanical Garden Berlin
Date: 2017-03-26
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-07-05
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-07-04
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Courtesy Outsidepride
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Photo by sedumzz

Photo credit: William Crochot
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Dec 7, 2012
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Aug 28, 2012
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Jun 29, 2012
Location: Salem, Oregon
Photo courtesy of Perennial Obsessions.
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Nov 10, 2012
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-07-03
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Oct 24, 2012 
Still blooming the end of October.
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date: 2020-02-16
Photo by Hamwild

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2009-05-19
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2012-06-21
Planted as one small plant 4 years ago.
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2012-07-15

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-06-17
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Atlanta BG
Date: Aug 16
Location: Atlanta BG
Date: Aug 16
Location: Atlanta BG
Date: Aug 16
Location: Atlanta BG
Date: Aug 16
Location: Fairfax VA
Date: June 14 22
Location: Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina | June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-12
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Comments:
  • Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Nov 9, 2013 3:44 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by bsavage (Dolores, Colorado) on Dec 7, 2011 4:43 PM concerning plant:
    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!
  • Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Oct 28, 2012 3:35 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Feb 11, 2013 4:45 PM concerning plant:
    Survives Colorado Zone 5 in a rock garden w/no winter protection at all.
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