Iceplant

Carpobrotus edulis

Photo/Illustration: 
Barry Rice/Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy
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Iceplant (Carpobrotus edulis)
kar-poe-BRO-tus ED-ew-lis
Genus:  Carpobrotus
This ground-hugging succulent perennial roots at the nodes, has a creeping habit, and often forms deep mats covering large areas. It produces abundant yellow daisy-like flowers that open at noon and turn pink later in the day.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Produces edible fig-like fruit. Used for dune stabilization in California, but  now becoming an invasive problem.
Care:  In the garden, plant in full sun and poor, very well-drained, sandy, humusy soil. Indoors, grow in full light. Water very little in winter.
Propagation:  Root stem cuttings in spring or summer.
Problems:  Mealybugs.

Overview

Height
Less than 6 in.
Spread
Over 30 ft.
Growth Habit
Runs
Growth Pace
Invasive/Aggressive Grower,
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Fall,
Late Spring,
Late Summer,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Yellow Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Ground Covers,
Roadside
Style
Desert Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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