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Carpobrotus deliciosus

Family: Mesembryanthemaceae (Vygie family)

Common names: Purple Sour Vig (E); Perdevy (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
A hardy and water-wise trailing succulent with masses of dark pink flowers.

Carpobrotus deliciosus

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

0.3m x 0.6m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Carpobrotus deliciosus

DESCRIPTION

This evergreen plant has succulent, finger-like leaves that are triangular in cross-section.  It has a trailing habit and quickly forms a dense ground cover.  It produces masses of dark pink flowers throughout summer.

The succulent leaves hold water, making it a very hardy plant for harsh conditions.  As the leaves are sour, it is not often browsed by game.

WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
The flowers are rich in nectar and attract numerous insects.
LANDSCAPING USES
A fantastic plant to use to stabilise slopes. It is useful for planting in retaining walls as it softens the harsh concrete.
GARDEN THEMES
Rockery, Succulent
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE

4 Responses

  1. Hi Louwrens

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Some cultures have a traditional use for the leaves which are chewed to help provide relief from a sore throat.

    Note, however, that the use of any plants for medicinal purposes is not advised without professional advice.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Hi Elsje

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Sorry, we don’t yet have photographs of the fruit to post, but are working on it.

    The Afrikaans Elandsvy is a different species – Carpobrotus quadrifidus, which, you are right, is found on the West Coast. Thanks for the information. If you have pictures of this, please send them through to us and we can include it in our database.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  3. please can you provide photo’s of the FRUIT of this sp?
    is it what we call in Afrikaans :ELANDSVY?
    this fruit resembles an miniature kiwi fruit when bisected horisontally.
    it grows along the S A West Coast.
    it flowers at the end July/ beginning of August
    fruit ripe towards November

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