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Carpobrotus edulis var. luteus (fiore giallo) 15-20cm

Carpobrotus edulis var. luteus (fiore giallo) 15-20cm

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Carpobrotus edulis var. luteus, commonly known as the yellow-flowered ice plant or Hottentot fig, is a variety of Carpobrotus edulis that is characterized by its yellow flowers. This succulent ground cover plant is native to South Africa and is known for its fleshy leaves, colorful flowers, and spreading growth habit. 

  1. Growth Habit: Carpobrotus edulis var. luteus is a low-growing, trailing or spreading succulent that forms a dense mat on the ground. It can reach a height of 12 inches (30 cm) or more and spreads horizontally, covering a wide area.

  2. Leaves: The leaves are thick, fleshy, and triangular in shape, with a bluish-green to gray-green color. They are arranged opposite each other along trailing stems and are often covered in tiny, glistening water-filled bladders, similar to the typical Carpobrotus edulis.

  3. Flowers: The most distinctive feature of var. luteus is its large, showy, yellow flowers. These flowers have numerous petals and a bright yellow center. They are quite eye-catching and make this variety of Hottentot fig particularly attractive.

  4. Fruit: After flowering, Carpobrotus edulis var. luteus produces cylindrical fruit capsules that contain small, edible, red or pink berries. The berries are sweet and juicy, though the taste can vary between varieties.

Cultivation: Cultivating Carpobrotus edulis var. luteus is similar to growing the typical Carpobrotus edulis species.

  1. Climate: Carpobrotus edulis var. luteus thrives in Mediterranean climates and coastal areas with mild winters. It is well-suited to regions with bright sunlight and mild temperatures.

  2. Sunlight: Plant var. luteus in a location that receives full sun. It requires plenty of sunlight to grow and flower well.

  3. Soil: Like the standard Carpobrotus edulis, var. luteus prefers well-draining, sandy or gravelly soils with good aeration. It can tolerate slightly alkaline soil but prefers neutral to slightly acidic conditions.

  4. Watering: Once established, var. luteus is drought-tolerant and does not require frequent watering. Water sparingly and allow the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent root rot.

  5. Mulching: Applying a layer of mulch around the plants can help retain moisture in the soil and control weeds.

  6. Pruning: Prune var. luteus as needed to control its growth and shape. It is relatively low-maintenance in terms of pruning.

  7. Propagation: You can propagate Carpobrotus edulis var. luteus from stem cuttings or by division. Allow cuttings to callus for a few days before planting them in well-draining soil.

  8. Invasive Potential: As with the standard Carpobrotus edulis, be aware that var. luteus can be invasive in some regions, particularly in coastal areas where it can outcompete native vegetation. Ensure that it is not considered an invasive species in your area before planting it.

  9. Edibility: The berries of var. luteus, like the standard variety, are edible and can be eaten fresh or used in jams and preserves.

Carpobrotus edulis var. luteus can be a valuable ground cover plant, particularly for coastal and Mediterranean gardens, due to its attractive appearance and edible fruit. However, it should be planted with caution, considering its invasive potential in certain regions.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show adult plant not for sale, the offer is for a plant in the dimension indicated in title description.

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.

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