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Red Ice Plant

Red Ice Plant

Regular price $6.00 USD
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Plant Type: groundcover
Plant Height: 4-6 inches
Spread: 12-18 inches
Flower Color: bright red
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Red Spike Ice Plant, known botanically as Cephalophyllum 'Red Spike', is a vibrant, low-growing succulent groundcover valued for its drought tolerance and striking floral display. Originating from South Africa, this plant is well-suited to rock gardens, coastal settings, and arid landscape designs where its water-saving attributes and visual appeal can be fully appreciated.

Growing to about 4 to 6 inches tall with a spread of 12 to 18 inches, the Red Spike Ice Plant forms dense mats of fleshy, green leaves that serve as a lush backdrop for its flowers. The leaves are cylindrical, adding texture and contrast to the landscape. During late winter to early spring, it produces an abundance of bright red, daisy-like flowers that open during the day and close at night. These blooms are not only visually striking but also attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

Adapted to full sun, Cephalophyllum 'Red Spike' thrives in well-draining soil and is extremely drought-tolerant once established, making it an ideal choice for xeriscaping and water-wise gardens. It is also salt-tolerant, allowing it to perform well in coastal environments.

In landscaping, the Red Spike Ice Plant is often used as a groundcover in sunny borders, as an addition to succulent gardens, or to add color and interest to rockeries. Its low-maintenance nature and vibrant flowers make it a popular choice for gardeners looking to add long-lasting color with minimal water use.

Overall, the Red Spike Ice Plant is a versatile and attractive succulent groundcover, ideal for adding a splash of color and texture to dry, sunny areas. Its drought tolerance, ease of care, and striking blooms make it a favored choice for a variety of landscaping projects focused on sustainability and low water use.

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