Trailing Ice Plant
Lampranthus aurantiacus

Family: Aizoaceae (ay-zoh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lampranthus (lam-PRAN-thus) (Info)
Species: aurantiacus (aw-ran-ti-AYE-kus) (Info)

Category:

Groundcovers

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Succulent

Rubbery-Textured

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Provides winter interest

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 herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Amesti, California

San Jose, California

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
0
neutrals
1
negative
RatingContent
Negative

On Jan 11, 2010, joyfulk from San Jose, CA wrote:

This plant is considered invasive in California.

Positive

On Jan 2, 2010, PedricksCorner from Freedom, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I ditto PalmBob, it is the second of January 2010 and mine are blooming away. All that bright yellow just makes me happy looking at it! They do better if they aren't treated like cactus. People often use these as ground cover for dry areas thinking they won't have to water them, and they are right. But if you want them to grow faster and bloom better, don't let them get very dry and do feed them.

Positive

On Mar 18, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Wow... you want a plant that will burn your retinas in the late winter? This is it. Shocking yellow-orange flowers en masse. Great ice plant for large, sunny areas.