Common Name: delosperma
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 6 to 8
Height: 0.00 to 0.25 feet
Spread: 0.75 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: May to September
Bloom Description: Lilac-purple with white center
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize
Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers a dryish, sandy soil. Good soil drainage is essential for the plant, particularly in winter where moist to wet soils can be fatal. Avoid overwatering. Good tolerance for drought and heat. Best grown in a sheltered location in the St. Louis area where plants may not be reliably winter hardy. Protect in winter.
‘Starburst’ is a succulent, mat-forming, ice plant cultivar that typically grows to only 4” tall but spreads to 20” wide. Foliage is covered with bright lilac-purple flowers (to 1.5” diameter) with white centers from late May to fall. Intensity of the flower color and length of the bloom enhances the ornamental interest of these plants. Succulent fleshy green foliage. Foliage is covered with transparent flakes that somewhat resemble tiny pieces of ice, hence the common name. Plants are evergreen in warm winter climates, but at best only semi-evergreen in the St. Louis area.
No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for aphids and mealybugs. Winter hardiness may be a problem in the St. Louis area.
Ground cover or edger. Grows well in hot, dry locations. Also effective in containers.