6 responses to “Lampranthus spectabilis”

  1. kathryn corbett

    Is this species considered invasive in the area where the photo was taken?

  2. Stephen Lamphear

    What is it’s wet-cold hardiness?

  3. Scott Dilatush

    Excellent notes on this plant. Unfortunately it is not winter hardy here. Here in Virginia Beach I’ve tried the orange form of another ice plant- Malephora crocea.( possibly sold under the wrong name ) It was slow growing. It had foliage approx. 6 inches tall. The color was so vivid that it made my eyes water. Wonder how closely they are related ? Anyhow I believe that only the Delospermas can take our winters here in Zone 8. Malephora ‘Tequila Sunrise’ made it through several winters in a row here. Aptenia cordifolia made it through one winter but not unscathed. This is the Kudzu of iceplants. One spring I installed about a hundred of these 18 inches on center and they were a solid weed choking mat by summer.

  4. Peter Warner

    Lampranthus spectabilis is invasive along the coast of northern California, displacing native grasses and forbs on ocean bluffs and adjacent grassland. I wouldn’t recommend its use in landscapes in Marin north to Humboldt Counties.

  5. Mike Bush

    This plant was growing in a container on the Central Coast of California – Morro Bay, about half-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles. We have a mediterranean climate, with v.dry and warm summers and cool, wet (ha!) winters.
    Many delospermas are rather cold hardy and have been used at the Denver Botanical Garden in their rock garden displays, although I find Lampranthus to be more cold sensitive.
    However, our winters on the coast rarely see frost.
    I have not found Lampranthus to be growing where it wasn’t planted. However, Carpobrotus and Conicosia are both in the Ice Plant Family (Aizoaceae) and are widespread invasive plants; particularly in coastal dune habitats.

  6. Deborah Lievens

    Thanks, Tamara for your excellent, simple explanation of CAM. One of the best I’ve come across and perfect for the non-scientist. I was always getting bogged down in the details.

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