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Orange ice plant

Lampranthus aurantiacus

Description

Orange ice plant low clumping succulent that will grow 15-18 in. tall and spread 4-5 ft. across. It has pale green three-sided leaves and produces bright orange flowers with yellow centers in early spring. Several cultivars are available at nurseries and garden centers, including: L. a. ‘Glaucus’ with clear yellow flowers; and L. a. ‘Sunman’ with golden-yellow flowers. Both cultivars bloom in late winter.

Orange ice plant and its cultivars provide a shocking color display in early spring in landscapes and gardens. They are well suited for rock and succulent gardens, on banks and parkways. Like other ice plants, these have modest maintenance and irrigation needs.

Plant Type: Ground cover, Succulent, Iceplant
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Compact, Clumping
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Orange
Flower Season: Winter, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Fog, Drought, Coastal salt air, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Slopes, Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Near pools and water features, Mass planting, Grouped, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Borders, Banks, Attracts bees
Height: 15 in. – 18 in.
Width: 4 ft. – 5 ft.

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