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Delosperma Jewel of Desert Ruby®
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Delosperma Jewel of Desert Ruby®

Item: #DELRU3P
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $8.19
  • Shimmer white, yellow & red blooms all summer
  • Happy in heat, humidity & drought, sand or gravel
  • Ideal container plant for hot patios
  • Handsome year-round, fast spreading deer-proof evergreen mats
  • Carefree drought proof ground cover
  • Ship size: 3 ½" Pot
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Delosperma Jewel of Desert Ruby® Description

Unyielding & trouble-free. Sparkling blooms thrive in heat, drought and humidity. 

Deer & drought proof groundcover! Jewel of Desert delosperma represents a new generation of hardy ice plant with shimmering blooms from late spring thru frost.  Growing 4-6" tall by 12" wide. Jellybean type leaves form a tight growing evergreen mound that's as tough as leather and takes on foot traffic. Dense habit stays attractive all season long. Difficult for weeds to grow thru. 

In late spring, masses of neon daisylike blooms smother the foliage.  Blooms are white with a yellow transitioning area highlighted with uniform bold strokes of bright ruby red on the tips of the petal.  The real plus is this awesome color blooms up to 5+ months in the garden.

How to grow:

  • Grows & flowers best in full sun
  • Well drained soil is a must. Does well in gravelly type soil
  • Avoid cold, wet conditions and heavy soil
  • If using mulch- use a gravel mulch only
  • Allow plants to completely dry out between watering
  • Not bothered by series insects or pests.
  • Thrives in heat, humidity & drought
  • No maintenance-no pampering needed
  • Needs little fertilizer

Designing with delosperma

Slowly spreading foliage cascades over stones and walkways. Plant between stepping stones where they tolerant some foot traffic.   Thrives in  super tough hot spots (with good drainage) near cement, driveways, urban environment, or anywhere sprinkler's don't reach.  Use to fill in gaps between taller plants in the landscape.  Widely used in decorative containers where they combine well with succulents, hens & chicks, sedums and other drought proof plants. 

Special features: Attracts butterflies, Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Evergreen, Fast growing, Fall color, Heat tolerant, Pest resistant, Tolerates foot traffic

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Delosperma Jewel of Desert Ruby
  • Common name:
    Hardy ice plant
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    3 1/2" pots
  • Soil type:
    Normal, Sandy
  • Soil moisture:
  • Height x width:
    4-6" X 8-10"
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
    Late spring-early fall
  • Uses:
    Alpine and rock, Container gardening, Edging, Erosion control, Ground cover, Massing, Slopes, Small spaces, Under planting
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent #:PP#23,453



Soil: Dry, sharply-drained soils in full sun. This plant will grow poorly, or die in any soil that is not well-drained. Avoid clay soils that is not amended. Tolerates average to lean soils including sandy and gravelly ones.
Light: Full sun
Water: Water sparingly during the growing season. Plants have good tolerance for heat and drought.
Spacing: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Fertilizing: Need little to no fertilizing
Winterizing: North of USDA Zones 7, it is at best semi-evergreen and is not reliably winter hardy. They should be sited in dry sheltered locations and given winter protection.
Maintenance & pruning: No pruning needed. Once established, can divide clumps in spring, or grow from stem cuttings.