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Samphire, Silverhead
Blutaparon vermiculare
Amaranthaceae
 

Copyright by: Jennifer Possley, 2016
Big Munson Island, Monroe County, Florida, USA, Enlarge

General 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.

Dimensions: 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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from cuttings.


Copyright by: Jennifer Possley, 2016
Big Munson Island, Monroe County, Florida, USA, Enlarge

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer


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