Carpobrotus edulis, Highway Iceplant, Hottentot Fig, Iceplant

Carpobrotus edulis

Highway Iceplant, Hottentot Fig, Iceplant
Family: Aizoaceae
Origin: South Africa
Groundcover and low-growing 2ft plantFull sunDry conditionsYellow, orange flowersWhite, off-white flowersEdible plantInvasive plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Highway iceplant (Carpobrotus edulis) is a ground-hugging succulent perennial that roots at the nodes, has a creeping habit, and often forms deep mats covering large areas. Shallow, fibrous roots are produced at every node that is in contact with the soil. Highway iceplant has been widely planted for soil stabilization and landscaping.

Highway iceplant tolerates a range of soil moisture and nutrient conditions and can establish and grow in the presence of competitors and herbivores. Drought resistant, does better with some water in winter during the growing season, needs good drainage.

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