Scientific name: Corpuscularia lehmannii
Common name: Ice Plant
This small, fast-growing plant has a deceptive name. The plant is known as the Ice Plant, but it is not cold hardy. It is great for beginners. The leaves stack up as they grow up the stem. The flowers look similar to daisies that bloom in the Spring.
Quick Look at Corpuscularia lehmannii
- Full sun to partial shade
- Typical water needs for a succulent
- Plant grows up to 8″ (20 cm) tall
Plant grows up to 12″ (30.5 cm) wide
- Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)
- Not cold hardy
- Propagation by stem cuttings and seeds
- Generally non-toxic to humans and animals
- Actively grows in Summer
General Care for Corpuscularia lehmannii “Ice Plant”
The ice plant is great in container gardens, rock gardens, and hanging baskets. Place it in a sunny window to keep it compact.
The Ice Plant has typical watering needs. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. It can be sensitive to under watering but be careful not to over water as it can lead to root rot.
Where to Plant
If you live in a zone that gets colder than 30 F, it’s best to plant the Ice Plant in a container that can be brought indoors. It is able to be grown indoors in bright light.
How to Propagate Corpuscularia lehmannii “Ice Plant”
Stems and seeds can be used to grow the Ice Plant, although you may experience the best success with seeds.
Use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors to grow ice plant. Allow the main plant’s stem to callous for several days before placing it on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out.
To grow seeds, sow them in a well-draining soil. If you live in an area above 9a, you can grow seeds outdoors. If you live in a cooler area, you can sow indoors under a grow light or on a seed mat.
The Ice Plant is synonymous with Delosperma lehmannii, Mesembryanthemum lehmanni, and Schonlandia lehmannii.