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Carpobrotus glaucescens

Botanical Name: Common Names:
Carpobrotus glaucescens Syn Carpobrotus abbreviatus, Mesembryanthemum glaucescens, Pigface, Angular Sea Fig, Ice Plant,
Native: Foliage Type:
Yes Evergreen
Plant Type: Plant Habit:
Groundcovers, Succulents & Cacti Dense, Prostrate, Spreading

Carpobrotus glaucescens, commonly known as Sea Fig or Pigface, is a succulent plant native to coastal regions of Australia. It is well adapted to thrive in sandy or rocky coastal environments. This low-growing ground cover plant features fleshy, triangular leaves that have a bluish-green color and a waxy texture. The leaves are typically around 3-7cm long. Carpobrotus glaucescens produces vibrant, daisy-like flowers that can be pink, magenta, or purple in colour. The flowers bloom during spring and summer, adding a splash of color to coastal landscapes. Due to its drought tolerance and ability to withstand salt spray, Carpobrotus glaucescens is often used for erosion control, beach stabilization, and in seaside gardens. Grows to approx. 15-30cm H x 1-2m W.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
15-30cm 1-2m

Position: Soil Type:
Full Sun, Semi Shade Sandy, Well Drained

Landscape Use(s)
Balcony / Roof, Borders / Shrubbery, Bush Tucker, Coastal Garden, Courtyard, Edible Garden, Embankment, Erosion Control, Fire Retardant, Foliage Feature / Colour, Groundcover, Habitat, Lawn Alternatives, Low Water Garden, Mass Planting, Park And Gardens, Playgrounds, Rockery, Roundabouts / Splitters, Tropical Garden, Verge, Container / Pot

Pests & Diseases: Generally trouble free, Scale

Cultural Notes:

Plant Care
Low phosphorus slow release fertiliser, Mulch well

Family Name: Origin:
Aizoaceae Australia

Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Pink
Flower Fragrant: No
Flowering Season: Spring, Summer
Fruit: Yes

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Fast
Maintenance Level: Low
Water Usage: Low
Drought: High
Frost: Moderate
Wind: High