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Salicornia europaea (Common glasswort)

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skill rating
2 hours care
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0.3m
Max height
0.2m
Max spread
1 year
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Salicornia europaea

Other names

Common glasswort, Chicken claws, Chicken toes, Samphire, English sea grass, Slender pickleweed, Pickle plant, Poor man's asparagus, Beach asparagus

Genus

Salicornia Salicornia

Species

S. europaea - S. europaea is an erect, succulent annual with small, fleshy, scale-like, bright green leaves that turn red in autumn. Insignificant green flowers in summer are followed by small, single-seeded fruit.


Salicornia europaea is: Deciduous

Habit

Erect

Flower

Green, Insignificant or absent in Summer

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer; Flushed red, Bright-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation

Best to sow seed as soon as ripe in autumn.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Salicornia europaea (Common glasswort) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.2m after 1 year.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Bog garden, Coastal, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grows best in moist, saline, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. Water periodically with a saline solution of 1 tsp sea salt in a pint of water. Young stems are edible. Not widely cultivated in gardens so exact requirements are not clearly understood.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Boggy damp conditions, Pond/In water, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Salicornia europaea

Other names

Common glasswort, Chicken claws, Chicken toes, Samphire, English sea grass, Slender pickleweed, Pickle plant, Poor man's asparagus, Beach asparagus

Genus

Salicornia Salicornia

Species

S. europaea - S. europaea is an erect, succulent annual with small, fleshy, scale-like, bright green leaves that turn red in autumn. Insignificant green flowers in summer are followed by small, single-seeded fruit.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect


Colour

Flower

Green, Insignificant or absent in Summer

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer; Flushed red, Bright-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation

Best to sow seed as soon as ripe in autumn.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Salicornia europaea (Common glasswort) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.2m after 1 year.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Bog garden, Coastal, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grows best in moist, saline, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. Water periodically with a saline solution of 1 tsp sea salt in a pint of water. Young stems are edible. Not widely cultivated in gardens so exact requirements are not clearly understood.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Boggy damp conditions, Pond/In water, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Salicornia europaea (Common glasswort)

Common pest name

Acorn disease; Citrus little leaf; Citrus stubborn disease; Little leaf of citrus; Stubborn disease of citrus

Scientific pest name

Spiroplasma citri

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Bacterial pest affecting citrus and field vegetables now present in parts of the EU. Carrots are the main crop potentially at risk; but main vectors responsible for transmission are unlikely to establish in the UK. EU regulations should be updated to reflect extended host range. Industry may be interested in pursuing research to investigate impacts on field vegetables.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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