Highway Iceplant (Carpobrotus edulis)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Plant Height: 12 inches to 14 inches
Plant Spread: 24 inches to 36 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Other: inconspicuous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Beach Front
Uses: Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Feb 9, 2016 2:54 PM

Fast-growing, drought-tolerant, invasive, mat-forming groundcover. Very easy to start from cuttings, very common locally in public and private areas.

Two serious problems with this plant. The first is that it's an aggressive grower in the garden and not good at sharing space with other plants, above or below ground. The second is that it's prone to escape, and has the potential to outcompete native plants in many areas (including coastal California and Baja California). At least one other purple-flowered Carpobrotus species shares the same features. They can also spread by seed at some distance.

There are many better options for succulent groundcovers, depending on your needs. Don't plant a Carpobrotus unless you're prepared to cut it back regularly. And don't toss your cuttings by the side of the road, because they'll get started growing there too. I have had more than one Carpobrotus seedling sprout as a volunteer inside a greenhouse (seed came from outside) so the plant can also be counted on to spread from seed as well.

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Posted by growitall (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on Jan 26, 2014 12:58 PM

Can be invasive where hardy, and has naturalized in Florida and California.
Is considered an invasive weed in California.

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Posted by skopjecollection (SE europe(balkans) - Zone 6b) on Dec 5, 2019 1:20 PM

I tried the fruit(may have been unripe). Salty, sour and very astringent.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
ID question by Baja_Costero Feb 5, 2019 1:15 AM 1
Carpobrotus hybridisation. by ausrpned Dec 4, 2019 7:54 PM 9
Will these succulents root? by _Bleu_ Nov 14, 2018 2:38 PM 8
Northern California Beach Herbaceous Succulent ID by BlueOddish Sep 15, 2018 11:16 PM 24
Checkbox for invasive plants? by Faerygardener Mar 26, 2018 11:19 AM 9
Cactus and succulents chat by Baja_Costero Dec 16, 2019 12:59 AM 6,043
Please ID Succulent by EscondidoCal Dec 6, 2017 7:11 PM 7
What's the difference between Delosperma and Carpobrotus chilensis? by sugarcane Aug 12, 2017 8:34 PM 7
Succulent Help and Identification!! by jtaylor37 May 5, 2017 4:13 PM 16
2017 Blooms by RonRyan Dec 31, 2017 6:49 PM 346
Need help identifying by ducksass Sep 2, 2016 7:53 AM 6

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