Common Name: Ice Plant
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: .25 feet
Spread: 1 to 1.5 feet
Bloom Time: June to September
Foliage: Succulent. Green.
Features: Will Naturalize. Drought Tolerant.
Succulent, mat-forming, ice plant. Typically grows to only 3” tall but spreads to 20” wide. Foliage is covered with intense bright fuchsia flowers (to 1.5” diameter) with creamy white centers from late May to fall. Intensity of the flower color and length of the bloom enhances the ornamental interest of these plants.
Succulent fleshy green foliage is sometimes tinged with purple in winter. Foliage is covered with transparent flakes that somewhat resemble tiny pieces of ice, hence the common name. Plants are evergreen in warm winter climates, but must be protected in our Zone 5 with a winter mulch.
Ground cover or edger. Grows well in hot, dry locations. Also effective in containers.
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to Medium
Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers a dryish, sandy soil. Good soil drainage is essential for the plant, particularly in winter where moist to wet soils can be fatal. Avoid overwatering. Good tolerance for drought and heat. Best grown in a sheltered location in our zone 5 and protect in winter with mulch.
No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for aphids and mealybugs.
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