Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question for August 17 - August 25, 2004
This is hardy ice plant, Delosperma cooperi.
It is native to South Africa and can withstand heat and drought. It can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 8; however, it is sometimes
damaged in zones 5 and 6, but rapidly recovers. It is an excellent ground cover for hot, dry, sunny areas,
but it succumbs to heavy soil or excess moisture. The succulent leaves are quite attractive, but the purple
flowers put on a show for much of the summer. You can find hardy ice plant in the Gotelli Collection of Dwarf and Slow-Growing Conifers
and in a container near the Administration Building.