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PlantFiles: Ice Plant
Delosperma floribundum 'Starburst'

Family: Aizoaceae (ay-zoh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Delosperma (del-oh-SPUR-muh) (Info)
Species: floribundum (flor-ih-BUN-dum) (Info)
Cultivar: Starburst

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens
Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
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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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral peejay12 On Oct 5, 2014, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

Many of the Delosperma species have 'pinkish purple', 'violet', or 'magenta' flowers (whatever the vendors think sounds best), and look very similar.

I am about to sow the seed of this plant, and will keep you updated on my progress. So far I've only been successful with D cooperi, but this one sounds promising.

I think I've seen it growing in Falmouth -- the bright white centres distinguish it from D cooperi, but it disappeared after the winter. Perfect drainage is essential -- little more than hardcore with 10% soil would probably be best.

Neutral dave12122 On Jan 11, 2011, dave12122 from East Haddam, CT wrote:

Alas, I doubt this is a true Zone 4 plant, especially an Eastern Zone 4. I have problems with it in zone 6...the late winter/early Spring rains usually finish it off. Delosperma John Profitt is the most hardy pink hybrid in Connecticut, a similar flower to Starburst without the white center!

Positive Gabrielle On Jan 25, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is such a fascinating plant. The leaves really look as though the have tiny ice-crystals on them! I like the feeling of them, too. And I haven't even mentioned the flowers yet . . . they bloom heavily and add a lot of color to areas that most other plants wouldn't even grow.

Update: Unfortunately, it did not survive the winter in any of the places I had it.


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

Auburn, Alabama
San Leandro, California
Owosso, Michigan
Portland, Oregon

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