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Growing Delosperma

Growing Delosperma

Fire Spinner


Flowering perennials with succulent, water-storing leaves and a low-growing, spreading habit. Hardy in zones 5 to 9. Early summer blooming. Good for garden beds, containers, and rock gardens. Fire Spinner Delosperma (11211) is a 2012 Colorado Plant Select winner. Plant slightly deeper than when grown in pots.


Heat and drought-tolerant plants for full sun. Requires well-drained soils, especially in winter. Tolerates light shade, but flowers best in full sun. 

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other drought-tolerant perennials include Butterfly Plant, Echium, and Sedum.

Complimentary Products

Light feeders, plants benefit from occasional fertilization. Other flowering perennial groundcovers include Bowles Variety Vinca (14572), Burgundy Glow Ajuga (10086), and Zing Rose Dianthus (11312).

Delosperma Facts

Usually not troubled by pests or diseases. May suffer root rot or not overwinter successfully if grown in poorly-drained, wet soils. Aphids sometimes feed on plants. Also called Ice Plant, Delosperma is native to South Africa.


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