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Delosperma cooperi

Delosperma cooperi

I'll add to the African series with one of my own. This photograph was taken in early July 3.5 years ago, 2 weeks after I first purchased an SLR camera.

Sunny-day visitors to the E.H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden arriving via the most commonly-used path are greeted by this small patch of trailing iceplant (or pink carpet) throughout the summer. This photograph doesn't communicate the reason for its pink carpet common name – perhaps this image gives a better idea.

Delosperma cooperi is native to the Free State province of South Africa (or at least that's the commonly communicated convention: Plantzafrica's page on Delosperma suggests it may have a much broader distribution).

If you're a gardener, a factsheet about Delosperma cooperi is available from the Kemper Center for Home Gardening. You may also want to read about Paghat's experiences with this species.

Lastly, Cal's Plant of the Week in May 2004 featured Delosperma cooperi.

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Delosperma cooperi - Z6 - RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
Delosperma cooperi - Z8-10 - A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk
Delosperma cooperi - Z6-10 - Kemper Center for Home Gardening

Stunning photograph Daniel. The colors are amazing.

Beautiful color, and thank you for posting the links for information about growing Delosperma cooperi. I'm on my second attempt. I have killed more plants by overwatering than underwatering. When I started growing succulents the hardest part was to learn to not water.
Thank you and take care, Gary Z

Jeez! Too bad you couldn't find a PINK plant! ;=) What a color!

Just curious, but why does Beverly always post this stuff? Does it provide something that Daniel is neglecting to provide? If it has any value at all, why doesn't Daniel include it?

Beverley is a Friend of UBC Botanical Garden, and has taken on the task of posting zone information because if it isn't present, then people ask for it (browse through older entries). On occasion, she will also post name derivations.

I don't personally care to address these every time, because it would be yet another thing I'd have to research for each entry, along with the currently-accepted plant family, the authority of the botanical name and some measure of identification verification (though I'm not perfect on the latter).

Lovely iceplant! Here in Southern California, one often sees whole slopes near homes covered with iceplant. It always delights me--I love bright, cheerful colors.

Thanks to Beverly for adding the information she does, especially when she gives the pronunciation of a plant. If she saves Daniel some time in preparing his entries, that's great. If only I had a garden so I could take advantage of the zone information--it would be wonderful to be able to grow some of the plants BPoD shows!

It's only slightly less famous than the Monterey cypress as supporting scenic plant life of the Battery Point lighthouse in Crescent City, CA--see, e.g., http://www.wildnatureimages.com/Battery%20Point%20Lighthouse%202.htm

Extremely invasive in northern coastal California.

nice plant,it quit attracts me

Despite suggestions to the contrary (as above), Delosperma cooperi is a non-invasive ice plant. See this link to the California Invasive Plants Council: http://www.cal-ipc.org/landscaping/dpp/plantpage.php?region=centcoast&type=Ground%20covers (sorry, I'm not clear on how to embed a link). The invasive ice plant in coastal California is Carpobrotus edulis.

Very nice photo - it shows the beautiful symmetry of these flowers, which can be 6 cm accross.

I would have liked to see a few leaves too as these are very attractive with their sparkling crystal-like glands.
But I think you wanted a 'carpet of flowers' effect which is very pleasing to the eye.

This is one of the few Aizoaceae (Mesembryanthemums) which survives the winter and thrives in the UK. I've grown it for twenty years.

The genus Delosperma has become very popular recently in the US, but D. cooperi has been grown in the UK for over thirty years - but only by people interested in unusual plants.
It seems to be the only species which is reliably hardy in our wet dull climate, but I am trying other species.
I've tried to get other people interested in them, but I've had little interest in the UK.

It seems appropriate somehow that the US has been far more enthusiastic about them, hybridised them, and turned an obscure plant into a popular garden plant.

Peter - the US is an enormous place. This plant is not frost-hardy so it can only be grown outdoors in southern Florida and a narrow coastal strip from Southern California north until there's frost at the coast. Not a lot of people outside those areas are familiar with it.

I'd never seen it in my life growing up in the Deep South (Alabama) but it is EVERYWHERE here in the Bay Area.

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