Carpobrotus rossii, also known as Karkalla or Pigface, is a low-growing succulent groundcover that is native to Australia’s coastal regions. Its fleshy, cylindrical leaves have a bright green color and form dense mats that spread quickly, making it ideal for erosion control on slopes or sandy soils. In spring, it produces large, vibrant pink to purple flowers that add a burst of colour to the landscape. Carpobrotus rossii is a drought-tolerant plant that thrives in full sun and well-draining soil. Its hardiness and low maintenance requirements make it a popular choice for coastal and seaside gardens.
Height: Up to 10-30 cm
Width: Spread to 2 square metres
Aspect: It prefers full sun and can tolerate coastal exposure and sandy soils.
Flowers: The plant produces large, showy pink to purple flowers with yellow centers in spring and summer.
Uses: Carpobrotus rossii is often used as ground cover for erosion control in coastal areas. It is well-suited for landscaping in sandy or coastal gardens due to its ability to withstand salt spray and sandy soils. The edible fruit of the plant is sometimes used in jams and jellies. Carpobrotus rossii is attractive to bees and other pollinators.