Delosperma cooperi is part of the Aizoaceae family of plants. They also call it the Ice Plant, Trailing Iceplant, Hardy Iceplant Pink Carpet. It is a succulent, spreading evergreen, perennial and excellent ground cover native to South Africa.
“Delos” in Greek means evident and “Sperma” means seed which is referring to the exposed seeds. “Cooperi” refers to Thomas Cooper (1815-1913), an English gardener who first collected this plant in its native South Africa. There are transparent flakes covering this plant which also is behind the common name Ice Plant.
Delosperma cooperi grows to about 3in or 7.5cm tall. The leaves are cylindrical, fleshy, and succulent. The flowers are daisy-like and bright magenta. It flowers from Jun to September.
How to grow Delosperma cooperi :
Grow Delosperma cooperi in the sun. Plant it in dry soil that is very well-drained. Avoid clay soils. It will tolerate sandy soils. Delosperma cooperi is heat and drought-tolerant. But water them lightly during the growing season. It is generally disease-free and pest-free, but watch out for aphids and mealybugs.