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Fire Spinner Ice Plant

Category:

Low growing carpet-like, succulent, native to South Africa but amazingly hardy in North America; dazzling orange-red daisy-like flowers with a bright purple ring; perfect for xeriscapes, rock gardens, screes and sandy soils

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
2 inches
Average Landscape Width:
18 inches
Genus:
Delosperma
Cultivar:
Fire Spinner
Branching:
herbaceous
Evergreen:
1
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Flower Color:
red
Flower Bicolor:
orange
Flower Eye Color:
gold
Flower Form:
daisy
Flower Period:
from early summer to mid fall
Summer Foliage Color:
gray green
Fall Color:
burgundy
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
average
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Fire Spinner Ice Plant features showy red daisy flowers with orange overtones, gold eyes and a purple ring rising above the foliage from early summer to mid fall. Its attractive small succulent narrow leaves are grayish green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous burgundy in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Fire Spinner Ice Plant is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Fire Spinner Ice Plant will grow to be only 2 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Fire Spinner Ice Plant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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