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Orange Iceplant

Lampranthus aurantiacus

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Orange Iceplant (Lampranthus aurantiacus) at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Orange Iceplant

Orange Iceplant

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Orange Iceplant (Lampranthus aurantiacus) at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Orange Iceplant foliage

Orange Iceplant foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  14 inches

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Ice Plant

Description:

A carpet forming variety with succulent, gray-green tubular leaves; a stunning explosion of orange daisy flowers in late winter and early spring; great as a dry area groundcover, or rock garden feature

Ornamental Features

Orange Iceplant features showy orange daisy flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from late winter to early spring. Its attractive succulent narrow leaves remain grayish green in colour with prominent red tips throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Orange Iceplant is an herbaceous annual with a trailing habit of growth, eventually spilling over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Orange Iceplant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Orange Iceplant will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any 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 species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Orange Iceplant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its trailing 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Rock  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
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