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.

Family:Aizoaceae
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
Lifespan:Perennial
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

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

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.