Botanical Name: Delosperma 'John Proffitt'
Common Name: John Proffitt Delosperma  
Plant photo of: Delosperma 'John Proffitt'
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply as little fertilizer as possible.

If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial, Succulent


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Pink, Purple


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

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Tropical


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


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

'John Proffitt’ is a succulent, mat-forming, ice plant cultivar that typically grows to only 3” tall but spreads to 20” wide. Foliage is covered with bright fuchsia flowers from late May to fall. This cultivar reportedly resembles D. cooperii, but has better winter hardiness. 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.
Grow in well-drained, average to dry garden soil in full sun. Good drainage is essential for the plant, particularly in over-wintering. Good heat and drought tolerances. ‘John Proffitt’ is often sold in commerce under the trade name of TABLE MOUNTAIN. Some sources list it as being winter hardy to USDA Zone 4. 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.