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Cakile edentula - (Bigelow.)Hook.

Common Name Sea Rocket, American searocket, Harper's searocket
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sandy or gravelly beaches from S. Labrador to S. Carolina and also around the Great Lakes[43].
Range N. Europe. Eastern and South-western N. America.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Cakile edentula Sea Rocket,  American searocket,  Harper


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Cakile edentula Sea Rocket,  American searocket,  Harper
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cakile edentula is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from June to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies).
Suitable for: light (sandy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root;  Stem.
Edible Uses:

Leaves and young stems - raw or cooked[61, 172, 177]. The younger leaves are used in salads whilst older leaves are mixed with milder tasting leaves and used as a potherb[183]. A horseradish flavour[43]. Root - dried and ground into a powder, then mixed with cereal flours and used to make bread[61, 161, 172, 183]. A famine food, only used when all else fails[207].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a light well-drained soil and a sunny position[1, 200]. This species is closely related to C. maritima[50].

Propagation

Seed - sow late spring or early autumn in situ. Germination is usually rapid.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Cakile maritimaSea Rocket, European searocket20

 

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