Carpobrotus edulis (Hottentot Fig/Ice Plant)
Fleshy leafed ground cover. For salt resistance, the next best thing to bladder-wrack. Essential by the sea. Please contact us for stock availability and sizes.
Hardiness level Red
For salt resistance in seaside gardens, the next best thing to seaweed but much prettier. A fleshy leafed Mesembryanthemum from South Africa where it's known as the Hottentot Fig. The specific name 'edulis' means edible but I know of no-one personally who's ever tried one. Fantastically useful by the seaside where its salt tolerance and frost tenderness makes it perfect for its environment. Its ability to form a lush and healthy green carpet on even the poorest of soils makes it even more remarkable. A mass of cerise flowers in summer followed by the rounded, edible (?) fruits. In southern California it's called Ice Plant and is used as a fire break. Apart from Hottentot Fig and Ice Plant it also has a number of other common names within the anglophone world - all of which involve the word 'bottom'. Something to do with the end of the fruits. We just stick to calling it Carpobrotus.
After many years, it could grow to several square metres. In the Scilly Isles (where it's naturalised), it grows down to the high tide mark.
Propagated by us by cuttings.
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