Description and general information
This succulent alpine is native to the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa/Lesotho. It is perhaps the hardiest of all the Delosperma.
Plants form a slowly expanding mat under 5 cm in height. The succulent foliage is reminiscent of jelly-beans. From late spring to early summer, plants are smothered under 3-4 cm diameter brilliant yellow flowers with white at the base of the petals, imparting a white-eyed appearance to the blooms. 'White Nugget' is a white-flowered selection.
Delosperma as a group, are very drought tolerant. they will grow in quite poor soils. The main criteria is full sun and excellent drainage. They are hardy into zone 4 as long as they are not too wet in winter.
April in the south to June in the north.
Easiest by seed but also by cuttings.
Surface sow seeds in a well-drained mix. They do not require stratification.
Not generally practiced.
Tip cuttings may be taken just after blooming. It is best to use non-flowering shoots. They root in a few weeks if placed in damp sand in a slightly shaded frame.