Ice Plant 'John Proffitt'


Family: Aizoaceae (ay-zoh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Delosperma (del-oh-SPUR-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: John Proffitt
Additional cultivar information:(aka Table Mountain)


Alpines and Rock Gardens



Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall


Grown for foliage




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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



Fort Collins, Colorado

Royal Oak, Michigan

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Raleigh, North Carolina

Yanceyville, North Carolina

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Arlington, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 10, 2010, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

In cool-summer regions this plant needs the warmth and sun of a south-facing wall to do really well - it will produce masses of flowers up to 6cm. across all summer if happy.

In less ideal conditions the flowers will be smaller and fewer.

It's the most popular delosperma in the UK because of its hardiness and willingness to flower. In the UK I've known it to survive -8C (16F).

It's worth saving seed and sowing it because redder forms appear every now and then.


On May 10, 2009, jeff0452 from Rio Rancho, NM wrote:

This has succeeded where other plants have failed in a very sunny, hot, dry spot in our garden. It receives a little incidental water when we water the grass - that's it. Not evergreen in our location, but has already started blooming in early May. It never gets tall - plant it at the front of the border.


On Dec 9, 2008, ghanima from Fort Collins, CO wrote:

In my experience, a very nice, long blooming plant great in rock gardens and even super sunny containers. We have terribly dry winters and often the foliage dies back but will return in the spring. If given some winter water, it'll remain evergreen.


On Mar 4, 2008, tickhill from Yanceyville, NC wrote:

Grows really fast. However, we bought this as a long blooming plant, but only had a handful of flowers on it last summer. So only giving it neutral.