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PlantFiles: Tufted Ice Plant
Delosperma sphalmanthoides

Family: Aizoaceae (ay-zoh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Delosperma (del-oh-SPUR-muh) (Info)
Species: sphalmanthoides (sfal-man-THOY-deez) (Info)

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
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:

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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral imagerep On Sep 30, 2012, imagerep from Westlake Village, CA wrote:

terrific plant for ground cover but it helps to breed snails! tons of them.

Positive greenlarry On Sep 4, 2005, greenlarry from Darlington
United Kingdom wrote:

Really cool plant, as its so small but also it will take quite severe frost and can be grown as an apline.
It is in the family Aizoaceae,which is the new name for Mesembryanthemaceae.

Positive DougC On Aug 21, 2005, DougC from Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This D. sphalmanthoides is a perennial, it grows to 1" in height, width 8-12" in full sun.
Its origin is South Africa.
Flower color is Fuchsia, in well drained soil, and hardiness to 0F.
Its from the Mesembryanthemaceae Family, but will check further as here its shown as Aizoaceae.

Doug C.


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

Aliso Viejo, California
Los Angeles, California
Westlake Village, California
Cleveland, Ohio
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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