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The Hottentot Fig (Carpobrotus edulis) is a vigorous mat-forming succulent native to South Africa, but is commonly found throughout the Americas and the Mediterranean. Carpobrotus is definitely the kind of plant you would see when on holiday overseas or maybe wander across along the beaches and coves of Cornwall and Devon
Carpobrotus edulis is very vigorous and an excellent choice for ground covering in dry gardens or for trailing over rockeries or rock walls. Carpobrotus edulis loves well-drained soil and full sun and will thrive in the most windy/coastal conditions.
Carpobrotus edulis does prove hardy in coastal areas in the UK and certainly in the milder parts of the UK, but can be susceptible to heavy frosts and certainly snow. The best way to manage Carpobrotus edulis where protection is necessary is to keep the plant potted and then give a sheltered position in winter, ideally in a greenhouse, where the plant should not be watered.
Caring for Carpobrotus edulis is easy, once established watering and feeding is not necessary unless potted, if potted water only moderately in dry spells.
Carpobrotus edulis is also known as Mesembryanthemum, Fig Marigold, Hottentot Fig, Ice Plant.
- Common Name: Fig Marigold, Hottentot Fig, Ice Plant
- Situation: Full sun/Part sun, Well-drained soil
- Eventual Height and Spread: Ground cover, spreads to 1m+
- Hardiness: Hardy to Half Hardy
- Excellent in coastal locations
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