A very low maintenance native plant used as a food source and medicinally by First Nations peoples. Pig Face, as it is popularly known, is also a versatile and hardy ground cover for poor soils and dry coastal climates, often used as a ground stabiliser. The ripe fruit tastes like a small salty apple, while the leaves can be used as a salt substitute in both cooked and raw foods. The leaves can also be used to treat skin burns or the juice can be extracted to form a mouth wash or throat gargle. Don’t forget the vibrant pink flowers, which pollinators love!
An extremely tough, drought tolerant, ground cover that is native to Eastern Australia. It is often used as a soil stabiliser as it does well in very poor sandy soils in full sun or partial shade. It requires well drained soil and is very tolerant of salt and wind. It also acts as a fire retardant. It has creeping prostrate stems which may extend up to 2 meters and may take root along the way.