Carpobrotus edulis – Plant


Indigenous to South Africa, organically grown, and locally sourced from ethical growers committed to sustainable, Nature-friendly cultivation.

Common names: sour fig, Cape fig, Hottentots fig (English); igcukuma, unomatyumtyum (Xhosa); ikhambi-lamabulawo, umgongozi (Zulu); ghaukum, ghoenavy, Hottentotsvy, Kaapsevy, perdevy, rankvy, suurvy, vyerank (Afrikaans).

Botanical name: Carpobrotus edulis

Previously known as: Mesembryanthemum edule

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Care Summary

• Easy to grow
• Waterwise pioneer, soil stabiliser
• Soil – well-drained sandy soil, alkaline, neutral, acid
• Light – full sun, semi-shade
• Water – responds poorly to overwatering or overfeeding
• Easy to propagate
• Cuttings – in summer, use tip cuttings 20-30 cm long, no rooting hormone required.
• Seeds – sowed from spring to autumn and must be planted in pure sand.
• Leaves typically harvested and used fresh.
• Fruits harvested when ripe, turn yellow. Fruits can be dried.
Diseases & Pests
• Plants in shaded areas, poorly drained areas or well-nourished soils will be attacked by fungal diseases.

Plant Summary

Carpobrotus edulis, also known as sour fig or Cape fig, is a succulent groundcover ideal for low-maintenance and water-wise gardens. It produces edible fruits and is a useful first-aid plant for herbal or kitchen gardens. This robust perennial plant, with yellow flowers and fleshy, edible fruit, is easy to grow, drought-resistant, and suitable for coastal and inland slopes. It is not threatened in its native habitat but has become invasive in some parts of the world. The plant has a rich history and is used for various medicinal purposes, including treating diarrhea, skin conditions, and insect bites. It is easy to grow and thrives in well-drained soil and sunny positions.


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