Barilla Bower Spinach Fresh is native to Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania common along the coastline on cliffs, sand dunes and in foreshore scrub but occasionally extending inland along tidal or brackish waterways.

Bower Spinach is in the Pigface family (Aizoaceae) but has dissimilar flowers. Differs from New Zealand Spinach by its 4 perianth segments (instead of 5), its yellow flowers and succulent fruit. Used as a valuable leaf vegetable by indigenous Australians and by early European sailors and settlers as a source of vitamin C to ward off scurvy. The berries were used as a source of red dye.