Delosperma 'ICE CREAM'™ series

Delosperma 'ICE CREAM'™ series
hardy iceplant
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
USUAL WIDTH 0.2-0.6m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF FLOWERS ++multicolored:yellow and orange and red
BLOOMING TIME July - October
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE neutral to alkaline
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS dry and sharply drained (xeriscape)
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
Summer blooms
Evergreen broadleaf
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Iceplant is a beautiful rock garden perennial from South Africa. You will recognize it by its thick leaves and strictly groundcovering growth which will form colourful carpets smothered by of vibrant, daisy-shaped flowers in the driest, hot, and sunburned places. Its leaves can hold plenty of water like a real succulent so they do not require watering. The foliage is evergreen.

IceCream™ is a Dutch series of hardy iceplants introduced by Florensis BV. Why Ice Cream? Perhaps because its colours recall the counter with several ice cream types and you never know which to choose. Go and indulge yourself as in case of iceplants you never have to worry about a bad stomach which is mostly a result of too much ice cream 😊 They bloom only on a sunny days and close when it’s overcast or cloudy. These are the varieties available so far:

IceCream™ Yellow – Delosperma 'Delolemo12' ICE CREAM YELLOW
IceCream™ Orange – Delosperma 'Delooran3' ICE CREAM ORANGE
IceCream™ Salmon – Delosperma 'Delorasb1' ICE CREAM SALMON
IceCream™ Fire – Delosperma 'Deloredcu7' ICE CREAM FIRE

They are all beautiful and sweet. Just don’t eat them. You have space combine more colours together in a rockery or a stone wall and they will glow like a multicoloured coral reef. They begin to bloom a little later than those from the d. cooperi group – usually from July but last much longer and the last flowers open still in October if the weather is sunny and warm.

Iceplant loves sunny and dry locations, excess watering could kill this plant. It is best for rockeries with plenty of gritty material, in garden beds and along pavements make sure the soil is sharply drained so that the plant never stands in water. You can prune them lightly to moderately in spring to encourage rejuvenation of the centres or to limit their spread. It is supposed to be hardy down to -34 °C (USDA zone 4) under ideal growing conditions. It can be grown in outdoor pots, too, provided good drainage, though we noticed that small pots need occasional careful watering.

Last update 19-11-2022

Delosperma cooperi
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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