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Malephora luteola: Yellow Trailing Ice Plant / Rocky Point Ice Plant

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Form: Succulent, spreading, mat-forming herb.
Lifespan: Perennial.
Leaf retention: Evergreen.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 1' high and 4' wide.
Flowers: Yellow, often more than 20 thin petals, yellow center.
Bloom: Mostly in spring, sparsely in summer.
Fruit: Seed capsule.
Leaves: Bright green, fleshy, hemispherical to circular cross-section, smooth waxy surface.
Stems: No thorns. Stem nodes form roots where touching ground.
Wildlife: Attracts bees, rarely butterflies.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: South Africa.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 9-12.
Sunset climate zones: 15-24.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun.
Water after becoming established: Once a month, except weekly in temperatures over 95°F.
Soil: Very well drained, dry, sandy, pH 6.1-8.5 (slightly acidic to alkaline). Prone to root rot in poorly drained soil.
Mulch: No.
First Year Care: Needs water several times a week in high temperatures. Soil must dry out between waterings.
Planting: Does well on rocky and sandy slopes as well as level ground.
Prune: To contain spread. In fall, prune brown areas caused by high desert heat.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Cuttings.
Uses: Groundcover, erosion control on sandy slopes.

Former botanical name M. lutea. This plant does not withstand foot traffic. It is considered a fire safe plant.

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