Hardy ice plants (Delosperma sp.) are low-growing succulents native to the alpine regions of southern Africa. While sporting attractive groundcover foliage, ice plants are best known for their multitude of aster-like blooms.
Starburst ice plant features lilac to purple flowers with white centers. It is fairly upright compared to other ice plants, forming semi-woody stems growing to about 6 inches in height. The upright habit and darker flowers add a nice contrast when planted with other hardy ice plants.
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: 6″
- Max spread: 18″
- Hardiness: USDA Zones 6-9
- 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