We need to raise £10,000 from user donations to get our finances in balance. More >>>

Follow Us:

 

Zostera marina - L.

Common Name Eel Grass, Seawrack
Family Zosteraceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Fine gravel, sand or mud in the sea from low water spring tides down to depths of 4 metres[17]. It is rarely found in estuaries[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Norway south and east to the Mediterranean.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Water Plants Full sun
Zostera marina Eel Grass, Seawrack


commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fabelfroh
Zostera marina Eel Grass, Seawrack

 

Translate this page:

You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box.

Summary


Physical Characteristics

 icon of manicon of flower
Zostera marina is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). It is in flower from June to September, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and is pollinated by Water.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It can grow in water.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Pond;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[177, 256]. The leaf bases are crisp and sweet, they were often used as a feast food by the native North American Indians[256]. Seed[177]. No more details are given. The root of the plant is chewed for its saccharine juice[2, 105]. The root is crisp and sweet, it was used as a flavouring by the native North American Indians and was also dried for winter food[256]. The raw rhizomes were often used as a feast food[256].

Medicinal Uses



Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

Women's complaints.

The leaves are used in the treatment of dropsy, goitre and women's illnesses[218].

Other Uses

Compost;  Packing.

The dried leaves and stems are used as a packing material[46, 61, 66, 100]. The plant is frequently used as a manure[2].

Cultivation details

A plant of shallow sea water, it is not really suitable for normal cultivation.

image

The PFAF Bookshop

Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form. Book titles include Edible Plants, Edible Perennials, Edible Trees, and Woodland Gardening. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs.

Shop Now

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. Division.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

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
Phyllospadix scouleriSurf Grass, Scouler's surfgrass20
Phyllospadix torreyiSea Grass, Torrey's surfgrass20

 

Print Friendly and PDF

Expert comment

Author

L.

Botanical References

17

Links / References

For a list of references used on this page please go here

Readers comment

Prof Di Walker, University of Western Australia   Fri Jul 14 2006

This page contains misleading and inaccurate information about Zostera marina. There are annual populations and it frequently occurs in estuaries.

QR Code

What's this?

This is a QR code (short for Quick Response) which gives fast-track access to our website pages. QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone (smartphone) cameras. This QR Code is unique to this page. All plant pages have their own unique code. For more information about QR Codes click here.

1. Copy and print the QR code to a plant label, poster, book, website, magazines, newspaper etc and even t-shirts.

2. Smartphone users scan the QR Code which automatically takes them to the webpage the QR Code came from.

3. Smartphone users quickly have information on a plant directly for the pfaf.org website on their phone.

Add a comment

If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a plant will be included. If you think a comment/link or information contained on this page is inaccurate or misleading we would welcome your feedback at admin@pfaf.org. If you have questions about a plant please use the Forum on this website as we do not have the resources to answer questions ourselves.

* Please note: the comments by website users are not necessarily those held by PFAF and may give misleading or inaccurate information.

To leave a comment please Register or login here All comments need to be approved so will not appear immediately.

Subject : Zostera marina  
All the information contained in these pages is Copyright (C) Plants For A Future, 1996-2012.
Plants For A Future is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Charity No. 1057719, Company No. 3204567,
Web Design & Management
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified (but some can). Please view the copyright link for more information.