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Sea Beet

Beta vulgaris maritima

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Green, no petals
 
Slender green spike of tiny petalless flowers, sometimes turning red.
Fruit:
The flowers form hard clusters at their bases which then turn into the multi-seeded fruit.
Leaves:
Dark green, wavy, leathery and shiny. The lower leaves are larger, have very curly edges and are triangular in shape. The upper leaves are narrower than the lower.
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Foraging Notes:
The leaves have a pleasant taste when eaten raw or cooked. This plant is sometimes known as 'wild spinach' because of its taste.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Sea Spinach, Wild Spinach.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Beaches, saltmarshes, sea cliffs, seaside.