Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, known as the Ice Plant, is a lovely succulent that is native to South Africa. Grows as a dense groundcover to 1 metre wide and around 10cm high.
It is covered with large, bladder-like cells that store water, glistening in the sun resulting in a frosty appearance. As the plant age, the leaves redden. The edible green leaves are boiled and taken as green, or use it fresh as a salty garnish. Produces white flowers. It usually grow in sandy to rocky coastal areas. In order to survive in coastal areas, the plant has a special mechanism to accumulate and then release the salt into the surrounding soil.