The toughest ice plant yet – Alan’s Apricot!

Delosperma 'Alan's Apricot'_Alan TowerWith their neat habit and ability to suppress weeds, hardy South African ice plants make ideal small-scale groundcovers. Alan’s Apricot ice plant is no exception with its superior cold-hardiness and long bloom season. More adaptable to a wider range of conditions that all of our other ice plant selections, Alan’s Apricot was brought to Plant Select® by Alan Tower, of Tower Perennial Gardens in Spokane, WA. Alan saw a need for more drought tolerant plants in Spokane, where they can go months with no rainfall.  It is so bad that, for a period of three months, they are drier than the desert in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.  Gardeners give up because of the heat and drought. Alan decided to develop an ice plant that was not only drought tolerant, but exceptionally cold-hardy as well.

The narrow green succulent leaves and stems are topped with 2″ large orangey-apricot blooms from spring through early fall. The bright yellow centers glow and invite pollinators to partake of their sweet nectar. As the temperatures cool, the luminescent flower petals fade to a pale apricot-pink. The soft hues of the flower compliment darker colors in the garden and go especially well with burgundy foliage of sedum, sempervivum or barberry. It is also stunning when combined with the blue foliage of little bluestem or blue fescue.  It’s useful in containers, in rock gardens and for planting near rock walls or edging. Plant it near a small boulder so its evergreen foliage can climb and clamber over and about the sides.  Once established, Alan’s Apricot ice plant requires virtually no care.

View the plant profile here.

Alan’s Apricot ice plant (Delosperma ‘Alan’s Apricot’)

Perennial groundcover
Size: 1-2ʺ tall x 12-18ʺ wide
Blooms: Apricot to pink blossoms, late spring through fall
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Moderate to xeric
Hardiness: USDA zones 4-9
Culture:  Loam, sandy, or amended clay soils

Deer Resistant

Pairs well with:
STARBURST®  ice plant
• Scott’s sugarbowls

Thanks to Carla Tews of Plant Select® for this piece.

9 responses to “The toughest ice plant yet – Alan’s Apricot!”

  1. Meg Heinley says:

    Are these available for purchase yet?

    • Pat Hayward says:

      Not sure about availability this late in the season, but it’s been fairly available this spring and summer.

  2. Judy says:

    Which delosperma is the one that turns red (not orange) in winter (located in the African Plaza at DBG)?

  3. Jane Dickinson says:

    Does anyone have experience with this plant? Mine flowered nicely, but now (in August and September) has died back to an ugly mat, while other delosperma on either side are doing fine. Guess I’ll try cutting it back, but it’s a Plant Select failure so far, for me at least. Thanks for any suggestions!!

    • Ross Shrigley says:

      Wow, that is unusual for Alan’s Apricot. It exhibits the best soil adaptation compared to all the other ice plants. Any chance some chemical or hot beverage spilled on just that plant? Sorry, we don’t have any good answers as to why it died. Cut it back as you are doing and let us know how it turned out.

    • James says:

      I have best flowering performance where they get adequate sun, apx 6 hours and find they do better with a little more water then xeriscape suggests. Eastern sunny placement is still blooming in October.

  4. gail p campbell says:

    I put two of these in last summer. Now it’s May and due to the absence of green foliage, I assumed it was dead. After, regrettably, yanking it out of the ground, I find that the root system is alive and well, and the branches – viable! Thought it was supposed to be “evergreen”?

  5. Ross Shrigley-Plant Select says:

    Yes, it can handle lots of snow, but only if it melts off after a week or so. Then it can handle more snow again, but not it will not survive being buried in snow all winter.

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