Samphire, Silverhead
Blutaparon vermiculare
Amaranthaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

A common coastal plant, but most frequent in tidal marshes.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Description:
Small creeping herb.
Height:
Typically 2-4 inches in height or smaller. Spreading along the ground and forming mats.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to fast.
Range:
Monroe County Keys north to Volusia and Levy counties; Louisiana and Texas; West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and western Africa.
Habitats:
Coastal wetlands and, less frequently, coastal uplands.
Soils:
Wet to moist, periodically inundated brackish or saline soils.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
High; tolerates flooding by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
White.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
All year; peak in spring.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous utricle.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from cuttings.
Comments:


Jennifer Possley, 2016
Big Munson Island, Monroe County, Florida, USA, Enlarge
Roger L. Hammer