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Carpobrotus glaucescens (Pigface) makes for an excellent groundcover or spillover plant for retaining walls and window boxes with its bright pink insect attracting flowers. Due to its salt tolerance and succulent nature, this is also a good landscaping plant for saltwater swimming pools. This is the Aussie plant of choice if you're looking to plant a green roof.  It grows best in full sun on sandy soil but it will also tolerate clay soils. It is drought tolerant. Its bright red fruit have been compared in taste to a fresh fig, salty strawberry or a salty apple. The red fruit can either be peeled or eaten entire. The leaves can be pickled or roasted and used as a salt substitute with this being eaten with meat historically. Early settlers ate the leaves to treat scurvy. Pigface was used by European settlers as an anti-scurvy treatment. Pigface is known as "Wend-Dar" in several Tasmanian Aboriginal languages and "Karkalla" to Aboriginal mobs of eastern Australia. Pigface provides habitat for numerous fauna species especially when planted on sandbanks and over rocks. Skinks and blue-tongue lizards like to hide among it when rock habitats are made for them to keep them safe from cats and dogs and higher order native predators. Pigface also provides food for birds especially ground-nesting birds. Pigface is a good plant to use for bank stabilisation projects where sandy soils are predominant. 

Carpobrotus glaucescens (Pigface)

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