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|Title||Feature Plant - Ice Plant or Native Spinach|
If you have a challenging coastal site exposed to wind and salt spray then this is the groundcover for you!
Tetragonia implexicoma, or native spinach, is a creeping succulent with glistening diamond shaped leaves, small yellow flowers and orange-black berries.
Also known as Warrigal Greens, it was introduced to Europe in the 1820's, and is one of our earliest exports of bush tucker plants. The leaves are a pleasant substitute for spinach, and the edible summer-ripening fruit can also be used as a dye.
It's a Penguin friendly plant, creating a natural beach umbrella effect as it scrambles over rocks and fallen branches.
Propagation is either from the dried fruit, or for quicker results, from tip cuttings taken in January-February, which like most succulents, grow easily. Once roots have developed, tetragonia spreads rapidly making it an ideal coloniser plant for dry disturbed sites.