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Sea Sandwort

Honckenya peploides

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
5 small white unnotched petals and pale green narrow sepals which are shorter on the female flowers.
Fruit:
A green, 3-valved, globular capsule, up to 1cm long.
Leaves:
The opposite and stalkless, smooth and glossy leaves are untoothed, oval and pointed. Not hairy.
Maximum Size:
40cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves and seeds are both edible. The young shoots can be eaten, raw or cooked.
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.
Aroma:
Flowers have a strong smell of honey.
Other Names:
Sea Chickweed, Sea Pimpernel, Sea-beach Sandwort, Seaside Sandplant, Seaside Sandwort.
Habitats:
Beaches, sand dunes, seaside, wetland.