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Salicornia rubra - Nels.

Common Name Red Glasswort, red swampfire
Family Chenopodiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Seasonally wet, saline or alkaline places inland, rarely also naturalized in saline areas along highways at elevations of 100 - 1600 metres[270].
Range Central N. America - Manitoba to British Columbia and southwards.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Salicornia rubra Red Glasswort, red swampfire


Bob Moseley @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. 1992. Western wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. West Region, Sacramento.
Salicornia rubra Red Glasswort, red swampfire
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Salicornia rubra is a ANNUAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in). It is in flower from August to September, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed  Stem
Edible Uses:

Seed - ground into a powder and then cooked[161]. Young stems - raw or cooked[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

Prefers a rich organic soil with ample nitrogen and regular watering[264]. This species is little, if at all, cultivated and its exact requirements are not clearly understood[264]. It is not known if the plant will require periodic inundation by salty water to grow well[264]. We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. This species might be no more than a synonym for S. europaea[235], some botanists seeing it as being part of that aggregate species[264]. This species is closely related to S. prostrata[270]. The plants native habitat will give some idea of its cultivation needs.

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in situ as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise sow in spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Salicornia bigeloviiDwarf Glasswort, Dwarf saltwortAnnual0.3 0-0  LMHNM30 
Salicornia europaeaGlasswortAnnual0.3 -  LMHNDM30 
Salicornia quinquefloraChicken Claws 0.0 -  LMHSNM10 
Salicornia virginicaVirginia GlasswortPerennial0.3 -  LMHNM11 

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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