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Delosperma echinatum, Pickle Plant, Pickle Cactus

Delosperma echinatum

Pickle Plant, Pickle Cactus
Family: Aizoaceae
Origin: South Africa
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowers

Delosperma echinatum, commonly known as Pickle Plant, is a small plant native to South Africa. It grows anywhere from 2-5 feet tall and prefers full sun and moderate water. Its ornamental foliage is comprised of small pickle-shaped leaves on thin wiry stems, with bristly hairs adorning the plant's exterior. During the late spring and early summer, it will produce abundant clusters of white and off-white flowers. As the season progresses, the flowers turn to a vibrant yellow and orange. Though it is not cold hardy, it can be grown in containers in regions with colder climates in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11.

In order to keep your Delosperma echinatum thriving, it is important to make sure it is in full sun and given moderate amounts of water. The soil should be allowed to dry out between waterings and the plant should not be overwatered. Delosperma echinatum benefits from the occasional application of a balanced fertilizer and can be pruned to shape if desired. Those growing the Pickle Plant in a pot in a cold region should bring it indoors for the colder months and move it back outdoors when the temperature rises.

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Delosperma echinatum, Pickle Plant, Pickle Cactus
Delosperma echinatum, Pickle Plant, Pickle Cactus

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