Botanical Name: Lampranthus spectabilis Add
Common Name: Trailing Ice Plant  
Plant photo of: Lampranthus spectabilis
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Blue, Pink, Purple, Red


Flower Season

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Intermittent


Leaf Color

Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

Mediterranean, Seascape


Accenting Features



Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Indoor, Parking Strip, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Erosion Control, Filler, Mass Planting, Hanging Baskets


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: GardenSoft
  • Description

  • Notes

This succulent groundcover is a moderately fast grower, spreading 2' wide and mounding and can grow 6"-12" tall. During the spring, it is covered with flowers could be shades of pink, purple or white. Leaves are gray green. This mounding succulent does best in full sun and is drought tolerant. It needs good drainage. It may need to be periodically cut back to rejuvenate the plant.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.