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Delosperma Jewel of Desert Ruby
  • Hardy Ice Plant Garnet blooms u to 5+ months

Delosperma Jewel of Desert Ruby

5+ months of bloom on droughtproof groundcover!
Item: #DELRU1Q
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $11.19
  • New generation of shimmering white, yellow & red blooms
  • Happy in heat, humidity & drought
  • The toughest sun loving drought tolerant groundcover
  • Fast spreading deer-proof mats
  • Thrives in sand & gravelly areas
  • Jumbo 1 Quart pot
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Delosperma Jewel of Desert Ruby Description

Delosperma Jewel of Desert Series represents a new generation of Ice Plant or Delosperma that blooms continuously from late spring thru frost.

Drought tolerant groundcover that doesn't need pampering! You can put away the watering can since this sun perennial thrives with little water or care.

Jewel of Desert Series are notable for the intensity of their flower color and ability to withstand the toughest environments and still sparkle like a jewel.

Delosperma forms a low growing 4-6" mound of spreading evergreen, succulent, jelly bean type leaves.  With their cascading effect, they are excellent in rock gardens, poor sandy or gravelly soil, container gardening or super tough hot spots where nothing else will grow. They grow happily given sharp drainage, little fertilizer, little water and full sun.

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.

Hardy Ice Plant Delosperma has no serious insect or disease problems in addition to being deer & drought proof.

Tips on Growing: Allow plants to completely dry out between watering. Avoid planting in cold, wet conditions and heavy soil. Use a gravel mulch only.

Perfect for planting at the base of Sedums, Ornamental Grasses, & KnockOut Roses.

Special Features: Butterfly Lovers, 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:
    1 Quart
  • 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, CAN, HI, PR
  • Patent #:PP#23,453

Ideas and How-to's



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.