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Carpobrotus chilensis (photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia)
Carpobrotus chilensis (photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia)

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Zones 12-28
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Moderate, Minimal

Carpobrotus chilensis

Ice Plant
Aizoaceae
Cacti and succulents, Ground covers, Perennials

CARPOBROTUS

Trailing plants with coarse, succulent leaves and summer blooms; useful for covering sunny banks (but not steep banks, since their weight could cause the soil to slide). Plant about 1 1/2 ft. apart. Can rot in very wet conditions; can suffer dieback if severely stressed by lack of water or nitrogen during growth season. Scale insects can cause problems.

Carpobrotus chilensis

This groundcover is probably from South Africa; naturalized along the Pacific coast from Oregon to Baja California. Straight, three-sided, fleshy leaves are 2 in. long; flowers are lightly fragrant, rosy purple, about 2 in. across.

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