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Delosperma ashtonii Blut

Blut Ice Plant

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'Blut' is one of the very best cold hardy Ice Plants. With its vigorous growth habit, durable evergreen foliage and summer-long display of deep magenta-red flowers, it is an invaluable groundcover. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 7
Advantages
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Groundcover
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Evergreen
Evergreen
Low Maintenance
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Less than 10", 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Early to late summer
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SKU HBL8AXX

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1" tall x 15-18" wide (cutting propagated). My favorite new groundcover ice plant discovered by nurseryman Kelly Grummons (owner of Timberland Gardens, Arvada, CO) growing as a volunteer seedling in his gravel driveway. 'Blut' has attractive deep green, slightly flattened leaves that grow to form a nice flat mat of evergreen foliage. Blooming through the summer months, this beauty has the most intensely magenta-red flowers ever seen in the genus. Once established, grow this plant hot and dry to intensify the flower color. Cannot tolerate foot traffic.
Associated SKUs
HBL8AXX
39732 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
39732F (Flat of 32 - 2.5" deep pots)
Common Name Blut Ice Plant
Botanical Name Delosperma ashtonii Blut
Zones 5, 6, 7
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Pink, Purple
Mature Height 1" tall
Mature Spread 15-18" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10", 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Bee Friendly, Groundcover, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Evergreen, Low Maintenance, Adds Texture
Ideal Region Suitable Above 7000 ft, Northeast, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips for Growing Cacti and Succulents

Cacti shipped early in the spring may be dormant. As the weather warms, these cacti will expand and green-up. Remember, after an initial watering to settle the soil around the roots, no further water should be applied until the weather warms up. If plants are dormant and the spring weather is rainy, protect the plants from too much moisture by covering them with a gallon plastic milk container with the bottom cut out. Leave the top off the jug so heat build up isn’t excessive in sunny weather.

Soil Preparation

All the species of hardy cacti and succulents require fast-draining soil.

Planting in the ground

Put the plants on a slope or raised area of the garden, not in a low spot which collects water. Select a bed with full sun exposure, preferably next to a south or west facing wall. These areas will provide extra winter warmth. In heavy clay soils, it is essential to replace half or more of the soil from a 10”x 10” or larger hole with coarse sand and gravel mixed thoroughly with the remaining soil to insure adequate drainage. No compost should be added, only a small handful of Planters II and Yum Yum Mix®.

Planting in an outdoor pot or planter

Use a planting mix of 3 parts garden soil + 2 parts coarse sand + 2 parts coarse perlite (or similar material). When growing plants indoors in pots, use a good quality potting soil to mix with the sand, and expanded shale instead of garden soil.

Planting Instructions

1. Cacti, agaves, and tap-rooted succulents (Aloinopsis, Titanopsis, Nananthus) should be transplanted bare-root. Let the soil in the pot dry out for a few days. Then remove the pot and gently loosen the soil so it falls away from the roots. Trim off any broken roots. Bare root plants should then be planted into a shallow hole. Spread out the roots evenly and sprinkle the soil into the hole until full. The base of the plant should rest on top of the soil. Mulch with a 1⁄2”-1” thick layer of pea-sized gravel around the base of the plant to protect it from contact with soggy soil over the winter months. (See planting diagram on page 12 of our Planting Guide.)

2. Succulents with fibrous roots (Ruschia, Delosperma, Sedums and others) need not be transplanted bare-root, instead the root ball should be scored and roughed out like other perennials.

Watering

1. Bare-root cacti and tap-rooted succulents must not be watered right away, but should sit dry for a day or two to allow the roots to callus over any broken or damaged areas. Other succulents can be watered in right away. Water thoroughly with a mixture of SeaCom-PGR and Superthrive to stimulate strong new root growth. Water again with this mixture two weeks later.

2. Outdoor beds with new plants should be initially watered once every 5 to 7 days for the first month or so after transplanting. Cacti and succulents enjoy regular watering during the heat of the summer and will grow vigorously. After the first year, most cacti species need a good soaking only once every 2-4 weeks during the spring and summer if there has been no rain.

3. Potted plants require more frequent, regular watering, especially if the weather is hot and dry.

4. To prepare cacti and succulents for the approach of winter, begin withholding water in the fall so the plants can begin to dehydrate and shrivel. Plump, well watered plants are ripe for cold damage when temperatures plunge in late fall/early winter.

Fertilizing

Cacti and succulents are very modest in their fertilizer requirements. When planted in the ground, fertilizing in spring with SeaCom-PGR and Yum Yum Mix® will encourage plentiful flowers and good stem growth. When planted in pots, remember to feed monthly with the same mixture as above, beginning in late summer.

Winter Protection

Garden plants: Many cacti and succulents are quite cold hardy if kept dry in the cold winter and spring months. In areas that receive a lot of winter and spring moisture (especially rain), it is strongly recommended that plants be protected from cold, wet soil conditions. For example, a temporary cold frame can be constructed using pipe or PVC hoops covered with a clear plastic sheet to cover the entire bed. Or individual plants can be covered with plastic gallon milk jugs with the bottom cut out to keep the ground around the plants dry. Leave the top o the jug so heat build up isn’t excessive in sunny weather. Problems will occur if plants are in wet soil all winter or sit under melting snow for extended periods.

Potted plants: Should be moved under a roof overhang on the south or west side of the house or placed in a well ventilated cold frame. Water pots and other containers lightly a few times over the winter during warm spells.

All our cacti, agaves and succulents are seed-grown or cutting-grown in our greenhouses. Cacti and agave plants are 2-4 years old; succulents are 1-2 years old. Please, never collect cacti from the wild unless it’s to rescue plants from construction sites. Many species are close to extinction in their native habitats due to irresponsible collectors.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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5.0

Beautiful when happy!

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
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    Comments about High Country Gardens Delosperma ashtonii Blut:

    Great for the rock garden. We got 50+ inches of rain this year, and this plant stayed happy. Took about 3 years to get up to a good size and finally flowering like I expected. Be patient.

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    4.0

    No Flowers Yet!

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    from Huntington Beach, California

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Delosperma ashtonii Blut:

    I have had this in the ground for approximately 7 months now and it looks very healthy and dense, however, it's very slow growing, only about 5" in diameter, and no sign of any flower buds as yet. I am very hopeful though that it will be a beautiful groundcover given more time.

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    5.0

    Heat & cold tolerant

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    from New Mexico

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Delosperma ashtonii Blut:

      I live at 6468 ft elevation in the High Desert of New Mexico. Delosperma ashtonii Blut thrives in scorching heat & drought of the summer and hardy enough to survive very cold winters. I love that it grows and spreads quickly and is covered with bright purple flowers all summer long. See my photos of what my 4" starter plant looked by end of summer and how it is helping shape up my garden. I have clay/rock/sand soil so dug a hole twice as big as 4" pot & filled with garden soil to help roots get firmly established.

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      5.0

      Great little plant

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      from Arma Kansas

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Delosperma ashtonii Blut:

        I've tried different species of Delosperma here in southeast Kansas and this is one of my favorites. Its colorful long lasting flowers and its tolerance of poor soils makes it a winner. If you live in a damp environment as I do (we get 40 inches of rain per year) you'll need to take care and amend the soil prior to planting.

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        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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