Delosperma cooperi
Photo by Flickr user Dan Kristansen

trailing iceplant

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • SMSierra and Coastal Mountains
  • CVCentral Valley
  • DTDesert
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions


Delosperma cooperi is a beautiful alternative to invasive ice plants with similar growth and appearance, but with smaller leaves. It can have a vibrant summer long bloom of rich purple flowers and has deep green foliage year long. These ice plants maintain a ground cover effect while only spreading to a size of 1 1/2 ft in diameter. Best grown in well-draining soil. Tolerates average to lean soils including sandy and gravelly ones. Native to South Africa. Blooms from June to September.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun

Water needs:

  • Low water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted