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Sour fig

Carpobrotus edulis

Suurvy (Afr.)

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Sour fig is a low growing succulent with attractive yellow to pink flowers. It is popular as hardy groundcover replacing lawns in waterwise gardens. The evergreen leaves and pretty flowers make a low manainance alternative to cover large areas in gardens. The plant's sap in the leaves are harvested for medicinal purposes and fruits or "figs" are edible, a great source of Vitamin C. The plant is indigenous to southern Africa and grow along the coastline, often on sandy dunes.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Edible fruits ripen in Summer. Leaf sap can be harvested throughout the year as needed.

Propagation

Layering
Place runner under the soil to form new roots and remove. The plant grows naturally by runners.
Cuttings
Make cuttings from the runners with a few nodes(and leaves) attached.
Seed
Sow seeds directly in autumn.

Special features

Pioneer
Stabilising sand dunes and large areas, it creates areas space for other plants to settle in.

Geography

Origin
South African coastline
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
Help to relieve sunburn, blue bottle stings, insects bites and mouth inflammations.
Edible
Leaves and fruit are edible - often you'll see dried sour figs sold next to the road.
Notes
Medicinal, culinary

Personality

Family
Azioaceae
Flower colour
Pink
Scent
None

Problems

Not prone to diseases or pests.

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