Klipvygie (Delosperma cooperi)


Delosperma belongs to the Aizoceae family commonly known as ‘Vygies’. Delosperma cooperi are known as ‘Klipvygie’ or ‘Coopers Ice Plant’ and are indigenous to South Africa where they are mainly found in the drier parts of our country.

Delosperma cooperi is a succulent, evergreen perennial that has a creeping habit. They have small, closely branched leaves that are round and up to 5.5cm long. The glistening quality of the leaves is due to water-containing cells on their surface which catch and reflect light, hence the name “ice plant”.

Delosperma cooperi love the sun and thrive in dry and hot conditions. They are vigorous spreaders that form a dense mat, 10 to 15cm high and spread to a width of 60cm. Although they prefer to grow in well drained soil, do not overwater as they will rot.

They are resistant to long periods of drought once they are established however if it is very dry before their flowering time, water them well and you will be rewarded with a good show of flowers.

The fuchsia purple flowers have many slender petals radiating from the centre and are spectacular bursts of colour in the veld. They perform excellently in gardens and without fail ensure the same bursts of bright, purple colours are mimicked in a garden environment  

Klipvygies have a long lasting flowering period from late winter extending right through spring. Once the flowers die down, they are followed by highly conspicuous fruit capsules which insects love.

Delosperma’s are hardy to frost and will grow in the winter rainfall areas

In September Deloperma cooperi is a mass of sparkling colour and this low maintenance ‘Klipvygie’ is a must for every garden. Plant them as borders, in rockeries and amongst other succulents.

Eastern Cape Stockists:

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Red Leaf Nursery – Port Alfred
Builders Express East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth

Free State Stockists:

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Gauteng Stockists:

4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg

Mpumalanga Stockists:

Garden Pavilion – Montana
Garden Pavilion – White River

North West Stockists:

Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom

Western Cape Stockists:

Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

**Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**

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