Common Names: ice plant
Origin: South Africa
Type: Succulent perennial
Size: 10 to 15 in. high; 15 to 18 in. wide.
Flowers: Brilliant colored flowers in orange, yellow, midwinter to early spring; leaves gray-green 1 in. long. Looks good in bloom, then fades.
Uses: Tidy border, ground cover, color accent, slopes, in heat. Untidy out of bloom. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Flowers for bees. Deer resistant.
Water: None to low.
Sun: Full sun.
Pruning: Prune lightly after bloom to prevent fruit capsules and encourage new growth. Remove any dead or diseased branches and stems.
Pests & Diseases: Susceptible to a number of common insect pests and fungal diseases.
Notes: Carpobrotus and Maleophora, other Ice Plants (same family), are much more vigorous spreaders. Lampranthus has about 160 species, of which only a small number are used. Hardy to 20° F.