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Iceplant

Carpobrotus edulis

kar-poe-BRO-tus ED-ew-lis

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 CharacteristicsProduces edible fig-like fruit. Used for dune stabilization in California, but  now becoming an invasive problem.

CareIn the garden, plant in full sun and poor, very well-drained, sandy, humusy soil. Indoors, grow in full light. Water very little in winter.

PropagationRoot stem cuttings in spring or summer.

ProblemsMealybugs.

  • Genus : Carpobrotus
  • Zones : 10, 11, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 30 feet or more
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Early Summer, Fall, Late Spring, Late Summer, Spring, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast, Moderate
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Plant Height : Under 6 inches
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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