A perennial shrub bearing thin, prostrate stems and succulent leaves. It is grown in coastal areas and is found thoroughly naturalised on walls, rocks and cliffs near the sea. It also occurs as a wool shoddy casual. Although seed is set in Britain, reproduction is by rooting of stem fragments. It is more frost sensitive than Carpobrotus and Disphyma, and this appears to limit its spread. Lowland.
This species is thought to have been in cultivation in Britain by 1704. It was first recorded as naturalised, from Newquay (E. Cornwall), in 1921.
Native of S. Africa.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.