Delosperma tradescantioides

Water Needs

low

Delosperma tradescantioides
Succulent; Groundcover
Broad-leaved Delosperma

20 cm

Size

Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade

Frost

Tender

Flowers

Large creamy- pale yellow year-round; main flush in spring; spring

Sun; semi-shade; rockery; bank slope; walls; wildlife insects

Garden Situation

Habitat

woodland forest; cliffs; rocky places; grassland; cliffs; coastal kzn

Region

thicket; subtropical east coast; highveld

Rain Season

Summer

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Description

The Delosperma family of succulent groundcovers produce well-known garden plants, the most popular being D. cooperi and D. herbeum. However the species, D. tradescantioides is fast becoming one of the favourite new groundcovers in my garden. The large creamy- pale yellow flowers attracted my attention at the Botanical Society KwaZulu-Natal Coastal Branch Indigenous Plant Fair last year, and they now hug the ground beneath Crassula arborescens shrublets. It has a trailing habit. Leaves are an apple green, as fresh as a newly picked Granny Smith, and the hairs covering the leaf surface gleam as if continually moist. Hairs are a common protective coating employed by plants growing in hot, dry climates. A word of warning though; roots dig deep, and the plants spread fast, so make sure you place it correctly the first time. To reduce maintenance, pair this groundcover with strong succulent shrubs and aloes, A. chabaudii, for example, as it will dominate less aggressive perennials. The tall, grey-leaved Cotyledon orbiculata is another option. Leaves are said to resemble the genus Tradescantia, hence the species name.

Delosperma tradescantioides
Delosperma tradescantioides