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Carpobrotus edulis

Ice Plant, Hottentot Fig
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 edulis

From South Africa. This ground cover has curved, 4- to 5-in.-long leaves; pale yellow to rose, 4-in. wide flowers. Fig-like fruit is edible but not particularly tasty.

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