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Suaeda maritima - (L.)Dum.

Common Name Sea Blite, Herbaceous seepweed, Rich's seepweed
Family Chenopodiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Salt marshes and sea shores, usually below the high water mark of spring tides[17].
Range European coasts and saline areas inland, south from Norway to eastern Asia, E. Indies, N. America.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Moist Soil Full sun
Suaeda maritima Sea Blite, Herbaceous seepweed,  Rich

Suaeda maritima Sea Blite, Herbaceous seepweed,  Rich


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Physical Characteristics

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Suaeda maritima is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from July to October, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline and saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.



 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked[2, 105, 177]. A pleasant salty flavour, they make a nice addition in small quantities to a salad[K]. They are often mixed with other vegetables in order to reduce their saltiness[183]. The young shoots are pickled in vinegar and eaten on their own or used as a relish[183]. Seed - raw or cooked.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses


The ashes of the plant provide a soda that is used in making glass and soap[9].

Cultivation details

Dislikes shade. See the plants native habitat for other ideas on its cultivation needs.


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Seed - sow spring in situ.

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
Suaeda australisSeablite20
Suaeda californicaCalifornia Sea Blite10
Suaeda corniculata 10
Suaeda depressaPursh seepweed10
Suaeda fruticosaShrubby Seablite21
Suaeda glauca 10
Suaeda japonica 10
Suaeda linearisSouthern Sea Blite, Annual seepweed10
Suaeda nigraBush Seepweed10
Suaeda occidentalisWestern Seepweed10
Suaeda palmeri 10
Suaeda salsa 10


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Readers comment

Hari Sulistiyowati   Fri Jan 13 2006

For the information, I find the community of S. maritima in the local coastal area of Probolinggo. It's about 10 square metres. I know that this species grows up well in the sandy area. I plan to cultivate the species for conservation. I need a lot of information about S. maritima cultivation, usedfull, or other potential. It is because the species is endemic for the original site and it's population is limited. Thank you. Sincerely, Hari Sulistiyowati, Biology Department, Mathemathic and Basic Science Faculty, Jember University, East Java, Indonesia

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