A perennial succulent that grows on the seashore and mudflats. It is a useful edible plant that grows in saline areas that flood, and is well adapted to coping with high salt levels. The foliage is shiny and knobbly, from green to purple. It is edible and can be pickled, steamed or blanched, and tastes salty and slightly peppery. The stems are woody, so only the leaves should be picked for eating, and the fresh green ones are the best. A source of calcium, iron and vitamin A.
|Scientific Name:||Sarcocornia quinqueflora|
|Other Common Names:||Glasswort|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub, Grass or grass-like|
|Height:||0.2 ~ 0.5 metres|
|Width:||0.2 ~ 0.5 metres|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Poolside, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Open foliage, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained|
|Propagation Method:||Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Bog gardens, Pollution tolerant|
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