Lampranthus - Plant
Lampranthus is a genus of succulent plants in the family Aizoaceae, indigenous to southern Africa.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Delosperma cooperi,Lampranthus, Ice Plant.||Glossy red-purple.||June to September||0.25 to 0.50 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
If planning to grow Lampranthus outdoors from the off it is best to sow out the seed in following the last frost of spring, simply cover the seeds.
The seeds should be sown in a sunny area of the garden that has excellent drainage. The soil should be dry and stony; at the time of sowing add manure.
When starting to grow Lampranthus plants indoors first, then they should be started about two months before they are due to be transplanted out; a few weeks after the last frost of spring.
|Full sun||Well drained soil. Stony, sandy. Mix in manure. Likes dry soils.||Occasional watering during dry periods.||65 to 75Â°F (18 to 24Â°C) in the dark. Seven or eight weeks in advance. Transplant outdoors following the last frost of spring; temperatures should not drop below 40Â°F (4Â°C).||Apply any organic fertilizer|
- Once the Lampranthus plants are growing in the garden they are easy to look after.
- They like to grow in dry soil so only water in very prolonged dry spells.
- Once the season is over, cut the plants back by pruning the dead stems in the autumn.
- If you want more plants then take cuttings in the springtime.
Special features: Sunny but sheltered areas of desert gardens, rock gardens, border fronts or slopes. Ground cover or edger.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Used as a remedy to treat minor skin problems