Delosperma, Hardy Ice Plant 'Starburst'

Delosperma floribundum

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


Alpines and Rock Gardens



Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:


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:

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under 6 in. (15 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall


Grown for foliage


Other details:

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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:

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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:

Auburn, Alabama

San Leandro, California

Owosso, Michigan

Portland, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:


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.

This species looks like a paler, softer version of D. cooperi. The petals are pinkish purple and white at the base -- just like the photo.

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, so it may not be as hardy as D. cooperi. In climates with dull wet winters perfect drainage is essential -- hardcore with 20% soil would probably be best.

I've grown mine from seed sown last fall and they are now 8" across (20 cm), so a foot ac... read more


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!


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.