18 responses to “Carpobrotus edulis”

  1. Stan Flouride

    It may be an urban myth but When I first moved to Northern California I was told that one of the reason that iceplant was so popular along highways in CA was that when cars go out of control their tires get no traction and just spin on the shredding plant so they slow and stop.

  2. elizabeth a airhart

    usda has this plant growing in florida
    daves garden has information also
    thank you daniel

  3. alex66

    flower and sea my passions many, many tanks Daniel

  4. Numenaster

    Stan, I think the major reason it’s planted there is for its outstanding fire control qualities; burning cigarette butts don’t stand a chance when they hit a patch of iceplant, and it can stick to steep slopes. Exactly the same quality that makes it invasive, unfortunately.

  5. Numenaster

    Forgot to add:
    You actually WANT out-of-control cars to meet surface resistance when they go off the road; it makes them stop sooner. They would skid further on shredding iceplant than on, say, gravel.

  6. Eric in SF

    Driving north on US 101 in southern and central Marin county there are huge fields of this plant visible from the road. When they bloom it’s the most arresting sight you’ve ever seen. Waves and oceans of hot pink.
    The only thing that comes close are the fields of Lupinus in central Texas, aka Bluebonnets.

  7. Beverley

    Carpobrotus edulis – Z8 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Carpobrotus edulis – minimum 7 degrees C/45 degrees F. A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk
    Carpobrotus – kar-po-bro-tus. From Gk, karpos [a fruit] and brotus [edible] referring to the edible fruit. edulis e-dew-lis. Edible [the fruit]. Dictionary of Plant Names, Coombes.

  8. Meghan

    I worked in Pt. Reyes with the Park for a number of years, and if I learned anything, it was to never sit on a blanket of iceplant — it stains!!

  9. Margaret-Rae Davis

    Today’s Photograph is of much interest to me. My son and family have gone there many times and my granddaughter loves the pink flowers. I am also glad to learn where it came from orginally and each day I learn more and more.
    Thank you,

  10. Eric Simpson

    Having grown up literally rolling in this stuff (yes, it does stain) here in SoCal, I have a few comments:
    First, and sorry Daniel, that is one of the sorriest flowers I’ve ever seen on this plant.
    Second, I 2nd (or 3rd…) the motion about the sight of large expanses of this in bloom. Truely eye-dazzling.
    Third, another common name is sea fig (though I understand this is more properly applied to C. chilensis).
    Fourth, there is (or was) another plant locally (N coastal San Diego County) that grew on the sea bluffs that we also called “iceplant”. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any in the years since I became botanically literate, so I haven’t a clue what it was. I always thought that it was much more deserving of the name “iceplant” as the entire surface of the plant appeared to be covered in tiny crystals that would sparkle in the sun. About all I can recall is that the leaves were chordate and 3-4″ long and slightly less wide. I also have a vague memory that it was related to spinach and/or could be eaten (cooked) like spinach. If anybody has the least idea what this may have been, please chime in.
    Fifth… well, there really isn’t one, other than to say that C. edulis was a lot of fun to play with as a kid: tumbling down the banks covered in it, or taking lengths of it, twirling it around, and letting it fly (usually towards another similarly armed individual).

  11. Elizabeth Revell

    There’s a plant similar to this which I believe has varieties Pacific-wide, which is vigorous on the northern coastlines of New Zealand. Its flowers change colour as they age, from yellowish to pink. It isn’t the same as the native Disphyma australe which is smaller flowered. I don’t know why, but although the common name for both is also iceplant, the popular name for the invader is Pigface …

  12. Daniel Mosquin

    To be fair to me, Eric, I did note that it was in mid-March re: the flower’s condition – not ideal conditions, and not generally something I’d use for BPotD, but I wanted to clear up the misconception and happened to have a photograph.

  13. Pedro

    Carpobrotus edulis is also an invasive plant in Portugal.

  14. van

    So that’s what that’s called! Thanks for the info.

  15. Paul Jay Reed

    This plant gave me and my friends at lot of entertainment when we were kids. The broken off leaves can be squeezed to create a mini-squirt gun.
    We slid down steep slopes of ice plant in cardboard boxes. The more we slid on a path the slicker it got, and of course we were constantly throwing the “figs” at one another.

  16. Nuytsia

    Re: Pigface
    Strangely I posted a Disphyma shot on my Flickr stream and a discussion developed on why the plants are called pigface.
    As far as I can see this is derived from Carpobrotus but I can’t find any reason why. Does anyone have an idea where this name might come from?

  17. Edna Kuzin

    On the island of Syros, in the Greek Cyclades, where I live, this is an invasive plant also. However, it is appreciated by some because it creates greenery without any need to water, a blessing in this nearly rainless environment.

  18. Amanda

    Where in New Zealand can I get some of these beuatifull plants??

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