Lampranthus - Plant
Description for Lampranthus
Lampranthus aureus is an unresolved name while Delosperma cooperi is an accepted. Golden Ice Plant is a neatly rounded, erect, succulent plant that grows up to about half a meter tall. The leaves are paired, free or slightly fused at the base, dark green, up to 5 cm long.
The plant is liked for its unbelievably bright orange flowers. The shiny orange flowers are borne singly or in clusters on short stalks, are 6 cm in diameter. There are some yellow forms of this plant too.
Flowers are followed by a woody fruit capsule that has five compartments. Lampranthus is a genus of succulent plants in the family Aizoaceae, indigenous to southern Africa.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Lampranthu, Golden Ice Plant, Orange 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||Dry||65 to 75 degrees F||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Lampranthus
- 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.
Typical uses of Lampranthus
Special features: Grow in sunny but sheltered areas of desert gardens, rock gardens, border fronts or slopes. Ground cover or edger.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Used as a remedy to treat minor skin problems. Please consult your health expert.