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Salicornia virginica - L.

Common Name Virginia Glasswort
Family Chenopodiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Salty marshes and beaches[60].
Range W. Europe. Eastern and Western N. America.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Full sun
Salicornia virginica Virginia Glasswort


Larry Allain @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Salicornia virginica Virginia Glasswort
Mark W. Skinner @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Salicornia virginica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Salicornia depressa Standl.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[172]. A salty flavour[207].

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Medicinal Uses

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Analgesic

The plant has been used externally in the treatment of arthritic pain, rheumatism, aches, pains and swellings[257].

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Other Uses

Potash

The ashes of burnt plants are used in making glass and soap[207].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

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. There is some doubt over the correct application of this name, it probably refers to S. depressa[270]. The plants native habitat will give some idea of its cultivation needs.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise in spring, in a greenhouse in a light sandy compost. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division might be possible in the spring.

Other Names

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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  LMHNM301
Salicornia europaeaGlasswortAnnual0.3 -  LMHNDM302
Salicornia quinquefloraChicken Claws 0.0 -  LMHSNM102
Salicornia rubraRed Glasswort, red swampfireAnnual0.2 -  LMHSNM10 

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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Botanical References

60

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Readers comment

Manouane Deschenes   Fri Jun 19 2009

What is the nutritiona value of sea asparagus?

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