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Carpobrotus edulis

Family: Mesembryanthemaceae (Vygie family)

Common names: Sour Fig (E); umgongozi (Z); Suurvy (A);

Native to: South Africa
Groundcover, Perennial, Succulent
A spreading succulent ground cover with masses of pale yellow or pink flowers.

Carpobrotus edulis

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

MAXIMUM SIZE:

0.2m x 0.7m

Carpobrotus edulis

DESCRIPTION

A magnificent and carefree trailing succulent plant with fleshy, light green leaves that are triangular in cross section.  It bears masses of yellow flowers with numerous radiating petals.   The fruits are fragrant and edible.

This is a popular landscaping plant used on embankments, retaining walls and for stabilising dunes.

In Bontebok National Park (Western Cape) it is used as a firebreak.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Coastal and inland slopes around the Northern and Western Cape.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Attracts numerous insects.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water sparingly.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
LANDSCAPING USES
A magnificent plant to use for covering large expanses of sloped ground. It is stunning when used on retaining walls as it trails and cascades freely and softens the concrete structures.
GARDEN THEMES
Succulent
FLOWERS
Large yellow flowers with numerous radiating petals are produced. They turn pink on fading.

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