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Glaux maritima - L.

Common Name Black Saltwort, Sea milkwort
Family Primulaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grassy salt marshes, crevices of rocks, the foot of cliffs near the sea and saline districts inland[17].
Range Coasts and inland saline areas in most parts of the northern temperate zone, including Britain.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Full sun
Glaux maritima Black Saltwort, Sea milkwort


Glaux maritima Black Saltwort, Sea milkwort

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Glaux maritima is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - raw or pickled[46, 61, 105]. Roots - cooked[256]. (This report refers to the sub-species G. maritima obtusifolia[256].) The roots can be harvested at almost any time of the year. The North American Indians would boil them for a long time before eating them. Even so, eating the roots was considered to make one sleepy and eating too many of them could make one nauseous[256].

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Medicinal Uses

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Sedative

Some native North American Indians ate the boiled roots to induce sleep[222, 257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils. Dislikes shade.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient seed it should be worthwhile trying an outdoor sowing in situ in mid spring. Division in spring. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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