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Carpobrotus deliciosus - (L.Bolus.)L.Bolus.
                 
Common Name Sweet Hottentot Fig
Family Aizoaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range S. Africa - Cape Province and Riversdale districts.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Carpobrotus deliciosus Sweet Hottentot Fig


Carpobrotus deliciosus Sweet Hottentot Fig
   
Physical Characteristics
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Carpobrotus deliciosus is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or used as a garnish for fruit salads[183, 200]. The fruit can also be dried and eaten like candy or made into jams and preserves[183]. There is very little flesh in the fruit and it must be fully ripe otherwise it is very astringent[K].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Fire retardant;  Soil stabilization.

The plant is moderately fire-retardant and can be planted as a barrier to the spread of forest fires in Mediterranean and similar climates[200]. Planted on sunny banks and sandy soils in order to prevent soil erosion[200].
Cultivation details
Requires a well-drained sandy soil in a sunny position[1, 200]. Plants can be grown on dry walls or in the flower border[166]. Established plants are very drought resistant[200]. Very resistant to wind and salt spray[166]. Moderately fire-retardant[200]. Plants are not very frost resistant , they can be damaged by temperatures below about -2°c and only succeed outdoors in the milder areas of the country[200]. A vigorous prostrate plant, rooting as it spreads. The flowers only open in the afternoon[200].
Propagation
Seed - surface sow March to June in a greenhouse. Lower night-time temperatures are beneficial. The seed usually germinates in 7 - 10 days at 23°c[138]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings at any time during the growing season. Allow the cutting to dry in the sun for a day or two then pot up in a very sandy mix. Very easy[K].

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Conservation Status
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Elizabeth H.
John Comeau Thu Sep 28 2006
The leaves are also edible though hardly palatable raw; too salty and bitter. Adding vinegar may help. Requires moist soil? I don't think so, at least not after the first two weeks it requires to root properly. It's one of the most drought-tolerant plants you're likely to find.

blog of intrepid wanderer search google for references to carpobrotus with specifier site:jcomeau.freeshell.org

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