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PlantFiles: Pickle Cactus, Ice Plant
Delosperma echinatum

Family: Aizoaceae (ay-zoh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Delosperma (del-oh-SPUR-muh) (Info)
Species: echinatum (ek-in-AY-tum) (Info)

13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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:

Neutral DougC On Apr 27, 2005, DougC from Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I've had this Delosperman echinatum 'Pickle Cactus', for couple years. Yesterday, I repoted it as I noticed that the leaves were fading out somewhat, and not as many yellow flowers as last year.

Was I surprised, after removing it from its pot, the entire plant was root bound, and the roots were some 15" long. So, this tells me its a deep root succulent, and will watch it more closely from now on.


Positive palmbob On Jan 28, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Small, odd looking succulent from S Africa with fat, rounded, succulent leaves on small, spiny stalks. Leaves themselves are also spiny (but not dangerously so). Surprisingly hardy outdoors in So cal. Does OK in sun, but is more compact than in shade grown plants. Excellent potted plant.


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

Los Angeles, California
Mission Viejo, California
Saint Helena, California
Simi Valley, California

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