- Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 4 - 6 Inches
- Mature Spread 8 - 12 Inches
- Growing Zones 5 - 9
Groundcovers don't just have to be green foliage. Jewel of the Desert® Amethyst Ice Plant is a dependable groundcover that boasts evergreen succulent foliage with amazingly vibrant, pinkish-purple flowers that continue to bloom from late summer to the first frost. Many plants in the Aizoaceae family are commonly called Ice Plant, although Delosperma cooperi is the dwarf variety from which the Jewel of the Desert series has been bred.
Jewel of the Desert® is perfect for including in rock gardens, mixed container plantings, and as ground cover in hot, dry spots where little else will grow. Along with New Zealand flax, lamb’s ear, and blue fescue, Delosperma should be included in a fire-resistant landscape plan. The plants are succulent and extremely drought resistant, perfect for planting in a buffer zone around houses or other structures. Heavy foot traffic is also not a problem for Jewel of the Desert® Amethyst Ice Plant. This tough-wearing groundcover is perfect next to a driveway, sidewalk, or even between stepping stones in dry, sunny spots.
Jewel of the Desert® Amethyst Ice Plant Care
Ice plants prefer free-draining soil with little nutrients. Place the plants in full sun and water deeply but infrequently to promote a deeper root system. One inch of water once a week in the first year gets these plants off to a good start. Delosperma cooperi is native to South Africa and thrives in hot, dry climates such as the Mediterranean, where all of the year's rainfall occurs during the cooler winter months, while the summer sees little in the way of natural rainfall.
There is almost no need for maintenance with Jewel of the Desert®. The flowers are self-cleaning and do not need deadheading. The plant spreads by forming roots everywhere the leaf axils touch ground, making for a dense blanket of foliage and flowers in a short amount of time. Ice plant is hardy in USDA zones 5-9 and needs little winter protection as long as soil drainage stays excellent year-round.
Jewel of the Desert® Spacing
Amethyst Ice Plant is smaller and more compact than other older varieties. The mature height is 4-6 inches with a spread of 8-12 inches. To provide dense coverage, place plants 10 inches apart center on center. Container-grown ice plants will need a pot or hanging basket with at least a 12-inch diameter for 3 plants.
Jewel of the Desert® Amethyst Ice Plant Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9|
|Plant Type: Perennials|
|Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 4 - 6 Inches|
|Mature Spread: 8 - 12 Inches|
|Spacing: 8 - 12 Inches|
|Flower Color(s): Pink, Purple|
|Foliage Type: Evergreen|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering, Fall Flowering|
|Tolerates: Heat, Drought, Salt|
|Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds|
|Uses: Borders, Containers, Edging, Groundcovers, Mass Planting|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance|
|Brand: Plants That Work|
|Common Name: Jewel of the Desert® Amethyst Ice Plant|
|Scientific Name: Delosperma Jewel of Desert® Amethyst|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
For more detailed information, please click here.
Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)
Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.
Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.