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Honckenya peploides - (L.)Ehrh.

Common Name Sea Sandwort, Seaside sandplant
Family Caryophyllaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats By sea coasts on mobile sand and sandy shingle[17].
Range Coasts of temperate and arctic regions of Eurasia, including Britain, and N. America.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Honckenya peploides Sea Sandwort, Seaside sandplant


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Honckenya peploides Sea Sandwort, Seaside sandplant
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Honckenya peploides is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to August, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects, wind, wind-blown sand. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Arenaria peploides.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Seed  Shoots
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - raw or cooked and used as a potherb[2, 61, 183]. A sour taste[257]. A delicious flavour, they are rich in vitamins A and C[172, 257]. They are at their best before the plant flowers[172]. The leaves can also be fermented and used like sauerkraut[115, 257]. In Iceland the plant is steeped in sour whey and allowed to ferment. The resulting liquor is said to taste like olive oil and is used as a beverage[183]. Seed - used as a garnish or ground into a powder and added to flour[172]. Very fiddly to harvest[172].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a well-drained soil and an open sunny position. Plants are tolerant of short periods of immersion in salt water[17]. When well sited, the plant can spread quite freely at the roots[K]. Grows well in an outdoor bed at Kew[K].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow March in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer. Division in early 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.

 

Expert comment

Author

(L.)Ehrh.

Botanical References

17

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Readers comment

Miles Irving   Wed Mar 29 2006

This plant is mentioned in relation to Arenaria rubra in Chevaliers Encyclopedia of medicinal plants, A. rubra has been used to treat kidney stones, acute and chronic cystisis and other conditions of the bladder, apparently. chevalier says it is diuretic and relaxes the muscle walls of urinary tubules and bladder.

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