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Hottentot Fig
Scientific Name: Carpobrotus chilensis (Molina) N.E. Br.
Synonym: Carpobrotus aequilateralus, Mesembryanthemum chilensis, Mesembryanthemum aequilaterale
Family: Aizoaceae
Hottentot Fig (Carpobrotus  chilensis) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 10,12-24
USDA: 9b-11

Heat Tolerance: Needs afternoon shade and regular water

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: South Africa

Growth Habits: Succulent perennial ground cover

Watering Needs: Little water once established

Propagation: Cuttings, seeds

This plant is established on the Pacific coast of the Americas, but it is a foreign invader. Contrarily to what the name chilensis seems to indicate : chilensis comes from the Latine for "from Chile", it is actually native to South Africa.
As for its cousin Carpobrotus edulis, leaves and fruit are edible.

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