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Delosperma, Fire Spinner PPAF

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South African variety features multi-colored flowers.

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South African variety produces a delirious spring-summer tapestry of multicolored flowers over spreading mats of apple-green evergreen foliage. Most prolific in spring, 2-4” variety’s vibrantly-hued flowers—with inner bands of purple-pink that transition to glowing orange— reappear throughout the summer. Drought-resistant, heat-tolerant carpet of vivid, shiny, green foliage is alluring year-round. Best in well-drained soils, full sun.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

2-4 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12-18 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Spring, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Drought, Heat

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Delosperma: Potted Plant Perennial

How to Plant

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Choose a location in full sun with well-drained soil. Drainage is very important for delosperma and the plant will not thrive in poorly drained clay soils.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry. After delosperma becomes established, water sparingly as this is sensitive to wet soils.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary.  Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • In colder regions, apply another layer of mulch (1-2 inches) after the ground freezes in fall. Evergreen boughs (from Christmas trees) provide additional protection. Remove this mulch in the spring.

Growing Tips

  • South African plants are very heat and drought tolerant.
  • Delosperma makes a succulent, mat-forming ground cover covered with brilliant color.
  • In warmer climates, delosperma may be evergreen.
  • You can propagate plants from cuttings. Take a cutting from a stem without a flower on it, strip off the leaves and replant in loose soil.
Full Sun
2-4 inches
12-18 inches
Bloom Season
Spring, Summer
Resistant To
Drought, Heat
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container, Decorative
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Life Cycle
Delosperma, Fire Spinner PPAF is rated 2.6 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointment Failure to thrive, expected much more from Burpee,
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spreading nicely, but no flowers! Put them in a sunny spot as directed. They are spreading very nicely but no flowers! Maybe next year.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No flowers I planted several of these last fall and one in spring and although most are growing I did not get a single flower on any. Not sure if it's something I did or the climate here but sadly they didn't meet my expectations. The foliage is very nice and they have grown and spread but without the flowers it just isn't what I wanted.
Date published: 2015-10-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed I planted this last spring and only got about 3 blooms all spring/summer/fall. I was surprised the flowers were so small, but thought they would be beautiful with many blooms! After our long cold winter, my fire spinners have completely died to the point of no return! Possibly if I would have covered them, they would have lasted. I'm disappointed and have gotten a refund for the plants. I will not be buying another fire spinner!
Date published: 2015-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hardy and quick to spread I planted these in the fall in a very large galvanized planter full of potting mix. I watered it in pretty heavily for about the first 4 days, and after that I was careful to make sure to feel the soil before watering it. If it was damp half an inch down, I didn't water it, but if it was damp an inch down, I did. It just took off! Little runners of the green foliage shot out from each side in each direction as if it was determined to cover the planter in before fall ended. No flowers yet, but I feel confident those will be there in the spring.
Date published: 2014-10-17
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