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Delosperma cooperi

Ice Plant

This low-growing succulent has greenish-blue leaves. As it grows, it branches out. It is a fast grower. Watch for magenta-colored flowers in the summer and/or fall. These flowers will be open during the day, and then close at night.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun

  • Typical watering needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 4″ (10 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 18″ (46 cm) wide

  • Zone 6a (Minimum -10°F | -23.3°C)

  • Frost hardy

  • Propagation from cuttings, division, and seeds

  • Generall non-toxic to people and pets

  • Winter dormant

Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Delosperma cooperi "Ice Plant"

Delosperma cooperi "Ice Plant" will spread out as it grows, making it a great addition to rock gardens or raised beds. Plant it in very well-draining soil. It creates an excellent "filler" piece in container gardens.


Delosperma cooperi "Ice Plant" has typical watering needs for a succulent. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Mature plants are able to withstand less frequent watering, however younger plants should be watered more frequently, especially in hot summer months. Be careful not to over-water.

And be sure to get our FREE watering cheat sheet so you can learn how to tell if your succulents are getting too much water (and how to save them if needed).

Where to Plant

Delosperma cooperi "Ice Plant" is not cold hardy, but it is frost hardy. It does best in full sun.

How to Propagate Delosperma cooperi "Ice Plant"

Delosperma cooperi "Ice Plant" can be propagated from division, cuttings, or seeds.


To grow Delosperma cooperi "Ice Plant" from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing it on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.


To grow “Ice Plant” from division, split the plant using a sharp knife. Be sure that there are plenty of roots. Allow the succulent to callous over for a day or two before replanting.


"Ice Plant" can be propagated from seeds. Sow your seeds in a well-draining soil. You can grow Delosperma seeds outdoors if you live in an zone above 9a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light or on a seed mat.

Reader Experience | Lori S.

Lori S delosperma cooperi ice plantPin

This plant is a prolific groundcover where I live. I started my backyard batch of these plants with a 2” piece I plucked from a roadside. No sterlie cutting tool, no roots, just about 10 “leaves.”

I stuck the piece in a pot with a cyad. In 2 months, it had quadrupled in size. Note: it looks like it’s not gonna make it for about a month - just have faith!

A year later, this gorgeous plant covers 1/4 of my backyard planting area. I’ve made several additional cuttings and spread it around - all I do is stuck the pieces near a plant/area that gets watered with our irrigation - right into DG - no fancy soil/additive. It is quite hardy and it has survived a very unique, cold winter here. It was the first plant to flower - in February!

I’ve got waaay too many plants now and no one to give them to! All this happened in a few months!

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Keeping track of watering and remember the name of your succulent can be tricky. The Succulent Tracker App helps with both! Plus, it allows you to keep a photo history of your succulent, record when you repot or treat for pests, along with a number of other helpful actions.

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