Where does succulent come from?
The species is native to South Africa but is naturalised in many other regions throughout the world, notably Australia, California and the Mediterranean, all of which share a similar climate.
What succulent looks like?
It is a robust and fast growing creeping, mat-forming succulent that grow year round, with individual shoot segments growing more than 1 m per year.
Solitary at the end of a short stalk, hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)10-15 cm in diameter, daisy-like with many stamens (400-600) surrounding a starfish-like stigma. Calyx oblong or nearly globose; petals rose- or purplish-pink; top of the ovary flat or slightly concave They open in the morning in bright sunlight, close at night, and are pollinated by Bees.
How to grow succulent?
The plants in this genus represent some of the more easily cultivated succulent species. Water moderately from early spring to the end of autumn, and keep the compost quite dry when the plants are dormant watering, only if the plant starts shrivelling (, but they will generally grow even in winter if given water) In areas prone to frost, grow in an intermediate greenhouse or conservatory, in pots of cactus compost, obtainable from good garden centres. Provide maximum light all the year round.
Seeds or cuttings. Seeds can be sown in early to mid-spring and germinated in heated humid environment. Alternatively, use stem cuttings taken towards the end of summer.
How to take care succulent?
It is an easy-to-grow Carpet-forming succulent groundcover, ideal for low-maintenance and water-wise gardens.
It is a drought-resistant trailing plant for stonewalls.
Its leaves are edible, as are its fruit, as with other some members of the Aizoaceae family. In South Africa the Sour Fig’s ripe fruit are gathered and either eaten fresh or made into a very tart jam. The fruits are tasty and can be eaten fresh.