Corpuscularia Lehmannii (Delosperma Lehmannii) – The ‘Ice Plant’ Succulent

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Here’s another awesome succulent you’d want to know about – the ice plant. It’s just one among the numerous adorable succulent plants. Talk about the shape, color, and ease of care – having the ice plant in your collection of houseplants can give your surroundings an aesthetic leap.

So today, you’ll get to know all that there is about the ice plant. It’s always a good thing to have more information than only its name – especially on making sure that the ice plant doesn’t die as soon as it lands in your house. Get going below.

Beautiful Ice Plant Succulent Corpuscularia Lehmannii
A succulent in a white planter @insta_greentheory


The ice plant is a member of the pervasive Aizoaceae family that comprises at least 135 genera and a total of 1900 plant species. Our darling belongs to the genus known as Corpuscularia and the lehmannii species – can you guess the scientific name from this?

Other scientific names include Mesembranthemum sexpartitumDelosperma algoenseSchonlandia lehmanniiMesembranthemum lehmannii, and Delosperma lehmanii. But of course, you can go with an ice plant as it is easier to say and remember.

Corpuscularia lehmannii can attain a height of up to 12 at maturity and spread around for up to 12. The plant bears thick leaves that grow opposite each other in pairs. Their blue-green color makes them particularly impressive to look at.

In spring, yellow blooms appear.

The ice plant is clean of any harmful components. So if you’re keeping a few pets around or have kids, you don’t have to worry about any of them reacting because of coming in contact with the plant.

Where Does the Ice Plant Succulent Come From?

You have a home. So does this wonder of a plant.

The succulent ice plant is an African native. Can you think of a particular country? South Africa is the prominent home of more than a dozen succulents. As with most succulents, the natural habitat has a massive influence on how you care for your plant.

Of course, this habitat is essentially water-deprived and under other suiting conditions. You’ll have to try to match these conditions for your plant to survive. We will get to look at this in detail later on.

Beautiful Ice Plant Succulent Corpuscularia Lehmannii
A potted succulent plant @terrassengarten

Getting Your First Ice Plant Succulent

Obtaining the ice plant (or any other succulent, for that matter) isn’t much of a problem. In case you haven’t noticed, succulents are the thing now, and that means owning one like the ice plant is easy.

For a start, asking around among your succulent-loving friends might do. They may have it in their collection. You can offer them a different plant they don’t own in exchange for this beauty.

Another option is to purchase the ice plant from the various offline and online succulent stores.

For offline purchases, local nurseries and IKEA are great places to consider. Or, if you’re part of succulents’ Facebook groups, you can be sure to strike some deals with those who reside nearby.

The online options are just unlimited. Mountain Crest Gardens, Leaf and Clay, Succulent box, Succulent Gardens, etc. Each of these places has a mode of operation that can suit what you’re looking for. Succulent Gardens, for instance, lets you order a whole arrangement instead of just the plants.

Getting a single ice plant can be just the start of your collection. You can always add on as many babies as you can manage to care for by propagation.

Ice plant Propagation

You can propagate your ice plant through seeds or cuttings. Here’s a breakdown of how to go about the whole process for each.

1. Seeds

If you choose to go with this option, all you need is to sprinkle the seeds on a well-draining soil mix. The seeds need light to germinate, so covering them is unanswered.

The seeds can be kept inside or outside, depending on the USDA hardiness zone you fall in. For 9b through to 11, you can keep them outside. For hardiness zone 9a and below, let your seeds germinate inside but then provide them with enough light. 

2. Cuttings

You can make cuttings from your plant in spring, summer, or fall.

Cut off a part of the stem, allow it time to callous, and insert it in a well-draining mix. Water only when the mixture has dried out completely.

Also, be mindful of what you use to cut the stem, a pair of scissors or a knife. These cutting tools should be sharp and sterilized for the best results with your cuttings.

Make sure also to check out our piece “5 Tips for Propagating Succulents” for more tips on propagating your succulents.

Beautiful Ice Plant Succulent Corpuscularia Lehmannii
A succulent planter held by hand @feffsplants

Corpuscularia Lehmannii Care

The fact that the ice plant is succulent should give you a few pointers as far as nurturing it. Your attention to this plant will be minimal at most. The ice plant naturally grows in largely dry parts, remember? So it’s well set to face those harsh conditions, as is the case with a majority of succulents.

Here’s a guideline on what you’re supposed to do if you want your plant to survive and beam with life.

1. Temperature

Don’t be fooled by the name ice plant. It certainly doesn’t imply that this succulent can brave the cold temperatures.

On the contrary, the plant prefers higher readings, typically between 25°F (-3.9°C) and 30°F (-1.10°C) on the lower side. In terms of USDA hardiness zones, that will be zones 9b to 11b.

In regions with lower minimum readings, consider growing your plant in a container and bringing it inside when it gets too cold outside.

2. Watering

Watering should be far apart to avert any possibility of root rot – typical succulent. Only water when the soil has entirely dried out. Usually, the top 2-3 inches of the mix is enough to gauge if it’s time to fetch the watering can or not.

Be sure to give the plant a healthy amount every time you water. You should aim to make sure the soil is completely soaked in water before you stop watering. This means your plant will take enough water to see it through to the next “downpour.”

Don’t miss out on our ebook “The Correct Way to Water Succulents” to see a complete guide we came up with to know when and how to water them correctly.

3. Soil requirements

Watering is related to the type of soil you should use. A well-draining mix is ideal if you want to reap the benefits of watering your ice plant only occasionally.

Beautiful Ice Plant Succulent Corpuscularia Lehmannii
Beautiful Ice Plant Closeup

Prolonged stays in wet soils have the same effect as watering your plant frequently. The ice plant will die off due to the infamous root rot.

So use a cacti/succulent mix that dries out faster in between waterings than a regular potting mix. If you’re the DIY type, you can make the standard potting mix more porous by adding a bit of sand and perlite/pumice.

Avoid overwatering your succulent with our guide, “Overwatered Succulent Remedies“.

4. Lighting

Ice plants adore those rays, so full sun is an excellent addition to their growth needs. But if that’s not possible, partial shade is also totally okay.

As long as the light is there, they’ll be fine. So even if you’re growing your cupcake indoors, give the ice plant enough access to the sun’s rays. The brightest window will do.

Happy Planting!

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