Delosperma sphalmanthoides (Tufted Ice Plant)

Scientific Name

Delosperma sphalmanthoides S.A.Hammer

Common Names

Tufted Ice Plant

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Tribe: Ruschieae
Genus: Delosperma


Color: Magenta
Bloom Time: Spring


Delosperma sphalmanthoides is a small (the smallest species in the genus) compact, cold-hardy plant. The leaves are minuscule, blue-green, finger-like, held upward in a small cushion that may grow up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in height and up to 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter. The crowded cylindrical leaves are covered in spring by magenta-colored flowers.

Delosperma sphalmanthoides - Tufted Ice Plant
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USDA hardiness zone 5a to 9b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Delosperma flowers grow in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-9 and will bloom for most of the summer and fall. Their foliage is mostly evergreen, and because of this, they make a great year-round ground cover. While the plant is evergreen, it will often have some dieback of foliage in the winter. Delospermas prefer full sun but can tolerate some light shade in the garden. Because Delospermas are succulents, they do not tolerate wet soil, though they do well in poor soils. In fact, wet soil, especially during the winter months, is likely to kill the plants. In areas where the soil stays consistently dry, this plant can become invasive, so it is best to consider this when planting it.

The Ice Plant can be propagated by division, cuttings, or seeds. If propagating by division, it is best to divide the plants in the spring. Cuttings can be taken anytime in the spring, summer, or fall. When grown by seeds, scatter the seeds on the soil's surface and do not cover them, as they need light to germinate. See more at How to Grow and Care for Delosperma.


Native to South Africa (Cape Province).


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