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Common Name: Pig's Face
Disphyma australe is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.10 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Australia - South Australia. New Zealand.
Coastal rocks and gravels, cliffs and sand dunes throughout New Zealand[
Requires a very well-drained soil and a sunny position[
]. It does not need a rich soil and is probably hardier when grown in poorer soils[
]. Plants grow well by the coast, tolerating maritime exposure[
This species is not very cold-hardy in Britain, it can be grown as an annual, flowering and setting seed in its first year from seed[
]. It is also possible to take cuttings in the summer and overwinter them in the greenhouse[
The leaves are pickled[
Fruit - the inner portion is used[
]. No further details are given.
Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings in the summer.