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Perennial glasswort
Sarcocornia perennis
Amaranthaceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also saline butterfly gardens along the coast.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Small creeping herb.

Dimensions: About 6-12 inches or sometimes more in height. Spreading and forming large mats.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Coastal regions of the New World, Europe and northern Africa.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Brackish coastal areas.

Soils: Wet, ocassionally 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: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Green.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: All year; peak summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous utricle.

Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant for eastern pygmy-blue (Brephidium isophthalma) butterflies.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed and division.


Copyright by: George D. Gann


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