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PlantFiles: Ice Plant
Delosperma congestum 'Gold Nugget'

Family: Aizoaceae (ay-zoh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Delosperma (del-oh-SPUR-muh) (Info)
Species: congestum (kon-JES-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Nugget

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive westocast73 On Sep 29, 2005, westocast73 from (Zone 1) wrote:

This one seems to grow a bit slower than the normal Ice Plant and I find it is cold hardy in my zone 7. The flowers are very pretty and the plant is one of my favs in my succulent patch. All in all its a nice plant.

Neutral palmbob On May 26, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a very low growing succulent groundcover from S Africa- compact, 2cm leaves; bright yellow flowers in summer. Not sure how differs from the 'regular variety'. Nothing particularly gold looking (other than flowers) about this plant that I have noticed. Sure doesn't seem to be as cold hardy as 'regular variety' (per notes arleady in the PFs).


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Los Angeles, California
Pinconning, Michigan
Gillett, Texas
Ogden, Utah
Kalama, Washington
Spokane, Washington

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