Delosperma kelaidis 'Mesa Verde' is a succulent, mat-forming, ice plant that is primarily noted for its prostrate, freely-branching, dense, spreading form and its long bloom of salmon-pink, daisy-like flowers. U. S. patent documents state that ‘Kelaidis’ was selected in a controlled environment in Denver, Colorado in 1998 as a naturally occurring plant mutation of an unidentified selection of Delosperma cooperii. It typically grows to only 3” tall but spreads to 24” wide or more. Succulent, jellybean-like foliage is covered from late May into fall with salmon-pink flowers (to 1.5” diameter) with yellow centers. Intensity of the flower color and length of the bloom enhance the ornamental interest of these plants. Flowers close up at night and on dark days. Succulent fleshy green foliage is sometimes tinged with purple in winter. Foliage is covered with transparent flakes that somewhat resemble tiny pieces of ice, hence the common name. Plants are evergreen in warm winter climates, but at best only semi-evergreen in the St. Louis area. ‘Kelaidis’ is sometime sold under the trade name of MESA VERDE. ‘Kelaidis’ honors Panayoti Kelaidis, Curator of Plant Collections at the Denver Botanic Gardens. U. S. Plant Patent PP13,876 issued June 10, 2003. (Missouri Botanical Gardens)
Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers a dryish, sandy soil. Good tolerance for drought and heat. Good soil drainage is essential for growing this plant well. Avoid over watering, but do not allow soils to totally dry out. Siting plants on a raised bed may be helpful in providing proper drainage. Plants spread along the ground sometimes rooting as they go to form an attractive ground cover.