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Ice Plant, Hottentot Fig


This carpet-forming perennial has prostrate stems with crowded succulent sickle-shaped dull grey-green leaves curving upward. Pale yellow flowers in summer open up after noon and turn rose later in the day. Useful as a ground cover in a sunny location especially to bind and stabilize sandy soils.

Carpobrotus edulis

Fruit Characteristics

Fruit edible : Yes

Fruit type : Fig-like

Fruit color : Brown

Fruit shape : Pearl-shaped

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf texture : Course, dull

Leaf length : 4-5"

Leaf shape : Sickle-shaped; curved

Leaf color : Grey-green

Flower Characteristics

Flower width : 4"

Flower shape : Daisy-like

Flower color : Rose

Plant Anatomy

Foliage growth cycle : n/a

Average size maturity height : 1/2 ft

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : 20 to 25 F( Z9a)

Sunset zone : 12-24

Water requirements : Moderate

Light exposure : Sun

Landscape Attributes

Attractive bark :Yes

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