• Carpobrotus chilensis
  • Carpobrotus chilensis
  • Carpobrotus chilensis
  • Carpobrotus chilensis

Carpobrotus chilensis

Sea Fig, Western Iceplant, Coastal Iceplant, Baby Sun-Rose, Angled Pigface,
Size: ex 9cm pots

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£5.99

Quick Overview

  • Carpet-forming succulent groundcover
  • Long three-sided leaves
  • Large magenta flowers
  • Drought-resistant trailing plant for stonewalls
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Description

Carpobrotus chilensis, the Sea Fig, is a trailing ground-cover succulent with fleshy triangular leaves and satiny magenta flowers with yellow anthers that open in the morning and close in the evening. The bright almost fluorescent flowers are followed by a small greenish-yellowish edible oval fruit. It forms a dense mat of foliage thriving in sandy well-drained soils or is ideal as a trailing plant draped over stonewalls and masonry.

It is often mistaken for and sold as Carpobrotus edulis, the Hottentot Fig, but it differs from Carpobrotus edulis by having a noticeably smaller flower. However, although listed as a taxonomically correct name, the origins of Carpobrotus chilensis are somewhat obscure. Various species were probably introduced to the New World by Portuguese mariners traveling via South Africa. In Chile there are five South African species: Carpobrotus edulis, Carpobrotus deliciosus, Carpobrotus muirii, Carpobrotus mellei and Carpobrotus dimidiatus together with numerous hybrids between these. These South African species that have naturalised in Argentina, Chile and the Juan Fernandez Islands are all often referred to as Carpobrotus chilensis and have from there been naturalised in other parts of the world. It seems likely that Carpobrotus chilensis is a hybrid and further genetic studies on it need to be done to clarify its taxonomic status.

It is a brilliant carpet-forming scrambler for terrraces and walls and makes a good planting combination with the smaller Delosperma species as well as with Kniphofias and hardy Aloes like Aloe striatula and clumps of Aloe aristata.

It is hardy in coastal areas and urban microclimates and in other districts can be protected with fleece or potted up and brought into a glasshouse for the winter.

Additional Information

Order Caryophyllales
Family Aizoaceae
Sub-Family Ruschioideae
Synonyms Carpobrotus aequilateralis, Mesembryanthemum aequilaterale, Mesembryanthemum aequilaterale var. decagynum, Mesembryanthemum aequilaterum, Mesembryanthemum chilense, Mesembryanthemum edule var. aequilaterum
Geographical Origin Probably originally from South Africa despite its name and although taxonomically described it is probably a hybrid
Cultivation Full sun, Free-draining soil. Ideal as groundcover amongst a drought-resistant planting, on a terrace or scrambling over masonry
Eventual Height 15cm
Eventual Spread Spreading to a wide mat
Hardiness Hardy in coastal areas and urban microclimates. Protect with fleece in colder districts or pot up and bring indoors

Carpobrotus chilensis

Sea Fig, Western Iceplant, Coastal Iceplant, Baby Sun-Rose, Angled Pigface,
Size: ex 9cm pots

Availability: Sold Out

£5.99
You could receive 10 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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