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)


Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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


Los Angeles, California

Mission Viejo, California

Saint Helena, California

Simi Valley, California

Gardeners' Notes:


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.



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.