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Carpobrotus chilensis
Carpobrotus chilensis

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Zones 12-28
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Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Carpobrotus chilensis

Ice Plant
Cacti and succulents, Ground covers, Perennials


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

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