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Hottentot-fig

Carpobrotus edulis

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Aizoaceae (Mesembryanthemum)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Pink, many petals
 
Large and many-petalled daisy-like flower, later fading to pink-purple. Yellow centre but not always. Up to 10cm wide.
Fruit:
Fig-like fruits but not tasting like fig at all. They rarely ripen in the UK.
Leaves:
3-sided succulent leaves with pointed tips, carpeting the surface of the ground if left to grow.
Maximum Size:
3 metres spread
Foraging Notes:
The fruit is edible, raw or cooked, preferably when fully ripe. The leaves are also edible, raw or cooked. The leaves are a strong antioxidant and can be used in salads, or as a substitute for pickled cucumber.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Highway Ice Plant, Ice Plant, Pigface.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen
Habitats:
Sand dunes, sea cliffs, seaside.