The size and beauty of this groundcover’s flowers are quite surprising when you consider the diminutive size and unimposing characteristics of its succulent foliage. Buds appear abundantly in late winter to early spring, opening around mid-day into a radiant hot pink or carmine red starburst-shaped bloom with a 2 inch diameter. Red spike iceplant grows in tight clumps and spreads only a couple of feet, but its fibrous roots and superior drought tolerance make this perennial a great soil stabilizer for banks and slopes. Its thick, grey-green leaves can take on reddish tones in cooler weather, and their quirky, upright growth habit adds architectural interest to mixed succulent planters, rock gardens and borders. Provide this stunning evergreen with good drainage and locate it where it won’t be stepped on to keep it growing happily in your garden.
Height: 3 – 5 inches
Width: 1 – 2 feet
Bloom color: Red
Flowering season: Spring
USDA minimum zone: 8
Cold hardiness: 18° F

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Cephalophyllum alstonii