“Vygies” (little figs) are the local name for the succulent family of Mesembryanthemaceae (Aizoaeae). Other common names are ice plants, fig mairgold, mesembs, midday flower. They steal the show with their fabulous display of vibrant colours. Having adapted to conditions of great aridity some of their bizarre designs account for coping with lack of water and high temperatures. The metallic sheen of their petals adds to their richness of colour by reflecting the rays of the sun to deflect it’s heat. Amazing too is their diversity showing up in 127 genera and about 1700 species.