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CRYSTAL ICE PLANT (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'

CRYSTAL ICE PLANT (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'

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Prostrate succulent herb covered in large bladder cells, giving them a distinctive glistening appearance.

Introduced from europe and africa, their unique physiology and ability to accumulate salt has enabled them to establish in disturbed and saline areas across southern australia.

A robust succulent herb or dense prostrate shrub to 1 m wide, plants are densely papillose with large bladder cells, especially prominent on the receptacle. These give the plant a glistening appearance, and hence the species name "Ice-plant"

Mesembryanthemum crystallinum can be annual, biennial or perennial

Mesembryanthemum crystallinum is found on wide range of soil types, from well-drained sandy soils (including sand dunes), to loams and clays. It prefers acid, neutral or alkaline soils, but can tolerate nutritionally poor or saline soils´╗┐

Flowers in spring to early summer , flowers open in the morning and close at night, and are insect pollinated

Seeds germinate during the cooler months of the year and the plants grow though to mid- or late-summer after which they dry out and die. Some plants may survive another year if conditions are favourable

This plant is related to barilla , saltbush and seablite and a relative of this plant is widely used throughout europe as a sea vegetable.

The leaves of m. Crystallinum are edible. Seeds can also be eaten. The crushed leaves can be used as a soap substitute and has some medicinal uses. Attractive pink flower buds and white flowers . These flower buds are much sort after by chefs as edible decoration .

The crystal ice plant can be used steamed , stir-fried or blanched. Is a great complement to seafood dishes.