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PlantFiles: Rocky Point Ice Plant
Malephora lutea

Family: Aizoaceae (ay-zoh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malephora (mal-eh-FOR-uh) (Info)
Species: lutea (LOO-tee-uh) (Info)

Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

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1 positive
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PlantBanshee On Dec 14, 2006, PlantBanshee from Gainesville, FL wrote:

Malephora Lutea (one of the many "Ice Plants") is very similar to it's cousin Malephora Crocea, the difference being that M. Lutea has smaller, greener succulent leaves, and smaller bright yellow flowers. I have grown this plant with great success in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. One plant spreads rapidly to form a groundcover appoximately 4 feet in width. It needs sun for the flowers to open and enjoys ample water as long as the relative humidity is low. M. Lutea and it's ice plant relatives all come from desert areas in South Africa and as such thrive in warm deserts and do not tolerate hot, humid conditions (such as are found on the East Coast).


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

Casa Grande, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

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