Carpobrotus rossii ‘White Hot’ – Karkalla

This tough perennial native succulent has beautiful blue-green foliage with large silky white flowers. It is a popular bush tucker plant, and both the fruit and leaves are edible. It makes a good ground cover for a wide variety of situations from embankments to driveways and can also be used as a fire retardant planting for areas close to buildings. It does well on sandy soils and copes well with coastal conditions, and can be used for dune stabilisation. The seed pod turns red when ripe, and has a salty, fruity taste. Does best in a sunny spot to lightly shaded, and likes a well drained soil.
The ripe fruit is best eaten by sucking the seeds and pulp out from the base.

Scientific Name:Carpobrotus rossii
Cultivar:White Hot
Common Name:Native Pig Face
Other Common Names:Karkalla
Plant Type:Ground cover
Height:0.2 ~ 0.4 metres
Width:0.5 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Flower garden, Cold climate, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Fire retardant
Special Uses:Edible, Erosion control, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Other insects






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.