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Carpobrotus edulis/Ice Plant, Sour Fig

Carpobrotus edulis / Carpobrotus edulis
Bright colored flowers and thick, fleshy succulent foliage
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Bright colored flowers and thick, fleshy succulent foliage

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Scientific Name: Carpobrotus edulis
Common Name: Ice Plant, Sour Fig
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Winter
Flower color: Yellow, Pink
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Brown
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: The ice plant grows well on coastal dunes and produces creeping stems that form a mat of foliage over time with bright pinkish-purple or yellow flowers during late winter and spring. Flowers that contain many stamens open in the morning and close at night. The fruit in the shape of a spinning top is edible. This is an excellent ground cover plant for water-wise gardens like rock gardens.