Delosperma cooperi, a tough perennial
Are you passionate about succulents? Delosperma cooperi, also known as the "Magic Carpet", is a South African wonder that's sure to capture your attention. In this comprehensive guide, we'll provide you with all the information you need to grow and care for this splendid perennial. Learn more about its visual characteristics, soil, sun exposure and watering requirements, as well as the best propagation methods. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced gardener, Delosperma cooperi will add a splash of vibrant color to your outdoor spaces, from rock gardens to hanging planters and decorative pots. Let our expertise guide you in creating a vibrant, beautiful carpet with this hardy succulent.
Delosperma cooperii produces magnificent pink flowers from spring to late summer.
Delosperma cooperii produces magnificent pink flowers from spring to late summer." data-pin-height="28" data-pin-count="beside">
Delosperma cooperi, also known as "Magic Carpet" or "Cooper's Purslane", is a succulent plant native to South Africa. It belongs to the Aizoaceae family and is widely appreciated for its bright flowers and its ability to form dense, brightly-colored carpets.
Delosperma ficoide appearance:
Delosperma cooperi's leaves are fleshy, oval to cylindrical in shape, and dark green. They are generally small, measuring around 2 to 3 cm in length. The flowers are the highlight of this plant, with brilliant petals in shades ranging from pink to violet and even orange. Each flower measures around 2.5 to 5 cm in diameter.
Where does Delosperma grow?
Delosperma cooperi is adapted to arid climates and prefers direct sunlight. It grows naturally in rocky areas, rocky slopes and dry meadows.
Where should I plant my Delosperma cooperi?
This plant needs full sun to thrive. It can tolerate some light shade, but will flower more abundantly in full sun. Delosperma cooperi is often used in rock gardens to create colorful, attractive carpets. Because of its tapering growth habit, it is also suitable for growing in hanging pots, window boxes and containers.
What type of soil should Delosperma cooperi grow in?
Well-drained soil is essential to prevent water accumulating around the roots. A mixture of garden soil, sand and gravel is ideal.
How do I water Delosperma cooperi?
Delosperma cooperi is a succulent that stores water in its leaves. Water moderately during the growing season (spring to autumn) and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. In winter, reduce watering.
How do I winter Delosperma cooperi?
Delosperma cooperi tolerates warm temperatures, but can be damaged by frost if the soil is soaked before the cold arrives. Overall, however, this perennial does very well in cold winters.
How do I propagate Delosperma cooperi?
This perennial can be propagated by taking stem cuttings or dividing clumps. Cuttings should be left to dry for a few days before planting, to minimize the risk of rotting. It's best to take cuttings at the end of spring, when night-time temperatures are more conducive to rooting.