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PlantFiles: Ice Plant
Delosperma 'Fire Spinner'

Family: Aizoaceae (ay-zoh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Delosperma (del-oh-SPUR-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fire Spinner

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10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens
Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
Unknown - Tell us

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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2 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive laurel1949 On May 10, 2013, laurel1949 from surrey, bc
Canada wrote:

I planted 3 plants last summer (2012). They are planted in a sunny bed at my front side walk. They spread like crazy throughout the summer and filled in a 4 foot area looking nice and lush. No blooms last year, but they looked lovely --sort of nice succulent ground cover. It is now nearly the second week of May 2013 and they are just starting to bloom, and are going to be lovely. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia. I am going to try to root some and if that fails I will buy more. The soil where I planted was very sandy and south exposure shaded slightly with a pyramid cedar.

Positive Helio_trope On Apr 11, 2013, Helio_trope from Colorado Springs, CO wrote:

I have gotten blooms with this plant, not as many as on the 'John Proffitt,' but it has bloomed some. The bloom time is earlier and shorter than my other ice plants.

Neutral FlaFlower On Mar 21, 2013, FlaFlower from Miami Dade, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

We have this in ornamental pots at work in all types of growing conditions, full sun, part-shade, makes a great thick ground cover but fails miserably when it comes to flowering, we have never seen a flower on it, probably never will by the looks of the comments here. I've just about given up on any plants offered by Monrovia, lots of hype, nice packaging but the plants must be grown is superb, very specific growing conditions, not a plant for the average home grower if you have to be so picky about every detail of the specifics to get a single flower. Not to mention if you trim it, it is very irritating to the skin and can make a person itch terrible. Easy to start if you like tiny thick green leaves as a very short dark green ground cover...that's all your going to get

Neutral Cheryl8 On Aug 25, 2012, Cheryl8 from Monroe Township, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Planted "Fire Spinner" in May. It is now the end of August and although it spread to 18", I have yet to see a flower on it. All my other Ice Plants are doing great, flowers galore. I agree with echinaceamaniac.

Negative echinaceamaniac On Jun 25, 2012, echinaceamaniac from (Clint) Medina, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant hasn't bloomed any for me! All other Delosperma are blooming great, even ones I rooted from cuttings 2 weeks ago! The plant has failed to live up to the hype.


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

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dacono, Colorado
Falmouth, Maine
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Medina, Tennessee
Ogden, Utah

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