Botanical Name: Delosperma cooperi
Common Name: Purple Ice Plant  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial, Succulent


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Tropical


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Erosion Control, Fire Resistant, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

This is another fine South African introduction valued for its shimmering fuchsia purple daisies that keep coming all summer. A vigorous spreader, it forms a dense mat of succulent, linear green, succulent leaves. 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 at best are usually only semi-evergreen here. Grows 3 inches tall and 18 inches wide.
Grow in well-drained, average to dry garden soil in full sun. Good drainage is essential for the plant, particularly in over-wintering. Stop watering in midfall to harden for winter. This plant has become a staple in xeric gardens. Good heat and drought tolerances. Some sources list it as being winter hardy to USDA Zone 5. Gravel mulches are a good choice for this perennial as it helps keep it warmer in the winter, and doesn't hold moisture at the crown.