Delosperma, Ice Plant 'Fire Spinner'


Family: Aizoaceae (ay-zoh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Delosperma (del-oh-SPUR-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fire Spinner
Additional cultivar information:(aka P001S Fire Spinner)


Alpines and Rock Gardens



Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


under 6 in. (15 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:




Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Little Rock, Arkansas

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Dacono, Colorado

Golden, Colorado

Columbus, Georgia

Falmouth, Maine

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Portland, Oregon

Medina, Tennessee

Ogden, Utah

South Jordan, Utah

West Jordan, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 6, 2016, Tellurian from Columbus, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought and planted eighteen 4" pots two years ago. They have spread very slowly to form a thick, interesting ground cover in the narrow flowerbed with full sun and great drainage. (Zone 8)

This year it had its' one and only only bloom, so far. I have other ice plants planted in random locations and they all do exceedingly well.
Not the "Fire Spinner" though. Hopefully, someone has some useful advice about how to get them to bloom. Otherwise, I am tempted to compost them and let another plant take their place.


On May 30, 2015, Rick1090 from Golden, CO wrote:

I planted two 4" pots late last summer. Buy late fall it had spread to about 4 square feet and had continued blooming throughout that time. It began blooming mid-May during Colorado's wet cold spring. It is now in full bloom so we'll see how long it lasts this year. Truly an outstanding plant here in Colorado's Zone 5.


On Apr 30, 2015, WatchfulEyes from Little Rock, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

Blooming late April in Arkansas. Waiting to see how prolific and how long the blooming season will be.


On May 10, 2013, laurel1949 from surrey, bc,
Canada wrote:

I planted 3 plants last summer (2012). They are planted in a sunny bed at my front side walk. They spread like crazy throughout the summer and filled in a 4 foot area looking nice and lush. No blooms last year, but they looked lovely --sort of nice succulent ground cover. It is now nearly the second week of May 2013 and they are just starting to bloom, and are going to be lovely. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia. I am going to try to root some and if that fails I will buy more. The soil where I planted was very sandy and south exposure shaded slightly with a pyramid cedar.


On Apr 11, 2013, Helio_trope from Colorado Springs, CO wrote:

I have gotten blooms with this plant, not as many as on the 'John Proffitt,' but it has bloomed some. The bloom time is earlier and shorter than my other ice plants.


On Mar 21, 2013, FlaFlower from Titusville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

We have this in ornamental pots at work in all types of growing conditions, full sun, part-shade, makes a great thick ground cover but fails miserably when it comes to flowering, we have never seen a flower on it, probably never will by the looks of the comments here. I've just about given up on any plants offered by Monrovia, lots of hype, nice packaging but the plants must be grown is superb, very specific growing conditions, not a plant for the average home grower if you have to be so picky about every detail of the specifics to get a single flower. Not to mention if you trim it, it is very irritating to the skin and can make a person itch terrible. Easy to start if you like tiny thick green leaves as a very short dark green ground cover...that's all your going to get


On Aug 25, 2012, Cheryl8 from Monroe Township, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Planted "Fire Spinner" in May. It is now the end of August and although it spread to 18", I have yet to see a flower on it. All my other Ice Plants are doing great, flowers galore. I agree with echinaceamaniac.


On Jun 25, 2012, echinaceamaniac from (Clint) Medina, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant hasn't bloomed any for me! All other Delosperma are blooming great, even ones I rooted from cuttings 2 weeks ago! The plant has failed to live up to the hype.