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CARPOBROTUS virescens

Coastal Pigface

Stock: Out Of Stock

Family: Aizoaceae

Characteristics: Perennial creeper 20 cm spread 1 m

Seed per packet: Approx 30

A prostrate plant which spreads to 1 metres or more with thick succulent leaves up to 100 mm long. Light purple daisy-like flowers 6 cm across with glossy petals. Flowers occur during the months of June to December.
Aboriginal people ate the fruit traditionally, fresh and dried. The salty leaves were also reported to have been eaten with meat. 

Pigface form part of the Aizoaceae family which are commonly known as stone plants, a species that resemble stones or pebbles.

Ideal for hot sandy soils.

Occurs naturally in the Eremaean and South-West Provinces of Western Australia in the Carnarvon, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Hampton, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Swan Coastal Plains and Warren regions.

Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in an open sunny position. Excellent tolerance to sandy coastal exposure. Drought and frost resistant.

Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms we recommend you re-search these before using them as any form of food or medicines. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need prepared before they are safe to eat or use in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. It is the purchaser responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C for this species.

  1. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix. The seed will lodge in the the pores of the mix once watered.
  2. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed if required to hold the seed in place. Do not bury seed deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 14-28 days in the right condition.

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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