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Carpobrotus edulis (Pigface, Ice plant)

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Plant description

carpobrotus edulis ice plant1

carpobrotus edulis ice plant.

Carpobrotus edulis, pigface or ice plant, is a ground covering succulent perennial plant with large daisy flowers. It is low maintenance and drought tolerant. It is a mat forming plant, and forms roots at the nodes. It likes a sunny position and well drained soils. Plants should not be over fertilised.

Propagation is by division or by cuttings.

The seeds are edible. The juice from the leaves is astringent and a mild antispetic, and can be used to relieve sore throats and eczema and itchy skin.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: pink
Flowering season: spring winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.2 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
The frost tolerance of this plant is not specified.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Insects, bees.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: not specified.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Diseases

Root rot in overly wet soils

Pests

Snails and slugs

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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