Look into the Flame (Red Mountain® Flame Ice Plant, That Is)
The multicolored flowers of Red Mountain® Flame shimmer with long, iridescent orange-red petals that surround a magenta-pink center. This brilliantly colored new hybrid is unique among these popular succulent groundcovers. Blooming in late spring, the flowers completely cover the tight mate of evergreen foliage, creating a carpet of color. Out of flower, Red Mountain® Flame has attractive bright green foliage that turns to bronze over the winter.
It’s important to note that Red Mountain® Flame is an entirely different plant from the previously released Red Mountain® (Plant Select 2007) and represents a marked improvement in garden performance and longevity; Flame is also much cold hardier, has larger, more vividly colored flowers and is more drought tolerant.
Like all the cold hardy ice plants, this is an excellent choice for planting into flower beds and landscapes mulched with gravel. The gravel keeps the stems and foliage drier and out of contact with cold, wet soil over the winter months for improved cold hardiness. Fight fire with Flame and use this and other cold hardy ice plants as a non-flammable groundcover for fire resistant landscapes in the western US. The succulent, water-filled leaves provide a fire-proof barrier around buildings in fire prone areas. And Flame is a good barrier plant as it’s big enough to cover large areas of ground.
An improved hybrid of Delosperma dyeri selected by David Salman.
RED MOUNTAIN® Flame ice plant
Size: 2ʺ tall x 24ʺ wide
Blooms: Orange-red, late spring – early summer
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Moderate to xeric
Hardiness: USDA zones 5 -9
Thanks to David Salman, High Country Gardens Chief Horticulturist for this piece.