Delosperma - flowering ground cover for every rock garden
The midday flower, also called Delosperma, is a succulent native to South Africa. Due to its origin, there is hardly any other plant that is better suited to full sun locations and develops with full flowering splendour in dry and rocky Böden. These characteristics make this low-maintenance ground cover a richly flowering and colourful addition to any rock garden.
The ground cover is characterised by a flat, perennial-like growth habit that forms a dense, 5 to 10 cm high ground carpet. The leaves of the succulent plant are small, thick and fleshy, with a semicircular, rounded shape. The plant stores water in its leaves and in this way survives long periods of drought. The foliage of Delosperma is evergreen with a golden yellow autumn colour that has a hint of pink at the tips. Delosperma bears single or multi-petalled umbels that show their splendour from July to September in magenta or purple with an almost white centre. The flowers open early in the morning when the sun is shining, and continue to show until late in the evening.
The midday flower is a real sun worshipper
The South African succulent feels particularly at home in a sunny location with good water drainage. Due to its undemanding, easy-care nature, it tolerates dry periods and is also suitable for beginners. It can be planted all year round. Its appearance makes this ground cover a favourite for Mediterranean gardens and rock gardens. However, it can also be grown in containers and balcony gardens. It can be combined with other succulents and sun-loving plants such as the thick-roset fatleaf or the fat hen The succulent can also be easily combined with garden herbs such as thyme For a Mediterranean style, the combination of ground cover and lavender is also an option.
The succulent is an undemanding and flowering plant that shows its flowering splendour in sunny months. However, it is sensitive to waterlogging, which you should avoid, especially in winter. The ice plant is hardy and with good drainage can withstand cold and wet seasons without any problems. Loosen clay soil before planting and mix with gravel and sand to guarantee water drainage. As a pot plant, the ice plant can also be overwintered in bright, frost-protected rooms.