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Carpobrotus edulis

Hottentot fig

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Features

  • BloomsMay to September
  • Height0.1m to 0.15m
  • Spread0.2m to 1m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourYellow, purple, pink
  • Leaf ColourSilver-green

Description

Carpobrotus edulis (Hottentot fig). This is a low spreading succulent that is native to South Africa. It will bear yellow, purple or pink disc-shaped flowers in the spring-summer which are followed by fig-like edible fruits. This species will grow well in sandy well drained soils in full sun.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Succulent

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

Erosion control, ornamental, ground cover.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Sandy
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are half hardy to frost tender, min 5C and will need full sun and well drained soil. They will grow well in sandy soils.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds or stem cuttings in the spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to mealy bugs.

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