A really useful, tough ground cover, this creeping succulent plant has numerous purple, pink or violet flowers for most of the year. The foliage can be green to red-brown in heat, and it is fast growing.
Especially tolerant of saline conditions, and grows on a wide range of soil types, including rocky and thin ones. It roots at the nodes, making it a great plant for soil stabilisation. Drought and frost tolerant once established, and very low maintenance, it is reputed to be a fire retardant plant. Best in full sun to partly shaded. Excess heat or cold and wet periods will inhibit flowering.
This is a useful edible plant as well…the leaves can be used in stir fries, soups, stews and for pickling.
|Scientific Name:||Disphyma crassifolia|
|Common Name:||Pig Face|
|Other Common Names:||Karkalla, Rounded Noon-flower|
|Plant Type:||Ground cover|
|Height:||0.2 ~ 0.3 metres|
|Width:||0.5 ~ 1 metre|
|Flower Colour:||Pink, Purple, Mauve|
|Flowering Time:||All year|
|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, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid, Arid|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Softwood cutting|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant, Fire retardant|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Butterflies, Other insects|
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