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Mauve or pale to dark lilac flowers borne in clusters, having 4 petals each.
Flattish, fleshy seed pods, containing 2 seeds each.
The leaves are alternately arranged along the stems. The succulent leaves are pinnately lobed with sparsely toothed edges. The lobes are linear in shape. Leaf surfaces are smooth and not hairy.
The flowers, roots, seed pods, stems and leaves can all be eaten, either raw or cooked. They are bitter-tasting but nutritious. The young leaves can be put into salads. The roots can be ground down into a powder, mixed with flour and used to make bread.
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.
Common Sea Rocket, European Sea Rocket, Purple Sea Rocket.
Beaches, sand dunes, seaside.