Disphyma crassifolia – Pig Face

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






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


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.