Hottentot-fig Carpobrotus edulis

Status Non-native, invasive
Best Time to See
Habitat Coastal

An invasive, non-native plant.

Another species that’s very popular as an ornamental garden plant. This one is quite easy to distinguish with its 3-angled succulent leaves and large yellow flowers that fade to pink.

What's the problem?

It mainly forms dense, impenetrable mats that carpet warm, sunny coastal cliffs to the exclusion of all other species. It has spread from discarded garden material but has also been used in some places to stabilise dunes and has spread from these areas too. It outcompetes native species and a single plant can dominate an area up to 50m across. Eradication from steep coastal cliffs is very difficult and can be followed by erosion if not carried out carefully.

This species is listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in England and Wales therefore, it is also an offence to plant or otherwise cause to grow these species in the wild.