'Amazing' is a descriptive too often used when 'Pretty good' or 'Not too bad' would be more appropriate. Well, this hardy Ice Plant from South Africa's Cape region is freaking Ah-Mazing! Collected by Panayoti Kelaidis, this has performed for 10 years in Denver. Fast groundcover with orange,red, neon magenta and white flowers.
Zone 5 hardy Ice Plant which arose as a spontaneous hybrid seedling in Denver and was named for our friend Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator at Denver Botanic Garden and great guy at a party. Key here is great drainage for our winter wet. Lean, sandy soil and a gravel mulch is a good idea. Flowers the color of thin-sliced backlit salmon Lox.
Hardy Ice Plant and yes it is de-lew-ee-ay in case you were wondering. This is from a Halda collection at 12000' in Lesotho South Africa. It may even be hardier than Zone 5. Large and lively (how I like to think of myself) magenta pink flowers fairly cover the plant in early summer. Takes dry.
This is way too hot to be called an Ice Plant. Scarlet flowers scorch the foliage in summer and blaze with nary a care. Great sidewalk edger, rockery or container plant especially for those of you who delude yourselves into believing you really will water your containers. It's xeric.
Hardy Ice Plant that has large 1.5" bright fuchsia pink flowers with a pale center. This needs good drainage and low fertility to handle our winter wet but we have seen some good patches around. One of the best has been on the western edge of a big Doug Fir which is always pretty dry and this thriving where little else will. Puts on a show!
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