Hardy ice plants (Delosperma sp.) are low-growing succulents native to the alpine regions of southern Africa. While sporting attractive heat, cold, and drought-tolerant groundcover foliage, ice plants are best known for their multitude of aster-like blooms.
‘Blut’ features intense magenta-red blooms with low-growing, thick succulent foliage forming an attractive clump or mat. This variety was discovered by horticulturist Kelly Grummons growing as a volunteer seedling in a gravel driveway near Denver, Colorado.
Ice plants work great in containers and planters, either by themselves or mixed with other plants. They add excellent low-growing color and texture planted in a rock garden, draping down a retaining wall, or planted anywhere a cold and drought tolerant ground cover or trailing plant is needed. They can also be used as permanent additions to hanging baskets.
This plant is sold in a square 2-inch pot.
- Max height: 1″
- Max spread: 18″
- Hardiness: USDA Zones 5-9
- Light: Full sun to part shade
- Water: nearly none required, but 1x per week increases flower and foliage performance
- Soil: Well-drained
- Wildlife: attracts pollinators