This amazing plant is nearly unknown in the US, at least as a salad vegetable. Known if at all as common ice plant, this is not the "ice plant" of California seasides. Ficoide glaciale
(Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L.) is native to the southern hemisphere and is quite ornamental. It has fleshy, lightly acidic leaves that are covered with shimmering silvery dots (hence its name), giving them a frosty appearance. The leaves are crunchy and refreshing in salads, and may also be cooked like spinach. This plant is currently quite in vogue with French chefs, who are always looking for something new.
Easy to grow in hot dry soil, much like a purslane. Excellent salad plant for the South. It also bears edible fruits, for which it is sometimes known as "fig marigold".
Our French heirloom seed is produced organically by a small seed farm in central France. Its production process is monitored by France's rigorous Ecocert program which is a standard throughout the European community. The seed ships with both an Ecocert certificate and a phytosanitary certificate.
Size: 1375 seeds (0.5 gm.)