Glehnia littoralis subsp. leiocarpa (Beach silvertop)
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Mary Jo Adams
Beach silvertop belongs to the parsley* family and is native in the Pacific Northwest. It is common on the backshores of sandy beaches. This plant has a low profile that hugs the beach and its stems are often buried under the sand so that the points of attachment of the leaves are not visible. The tops of the compound leaves are waxy and the underside is hairy. Small white flowers are clustered on umbels from May until July. This species ranges from Kodiak Island, Alaska to northern California. Other common names for it are beach carrot and American Glehnia. It is also known under the scientific name Glehnia leiocarpa.
* The parsley family is also known as the carrot family. Although many plants in this family are edible, there are also some that are deadly poisons. This website does not advocate use of any wild plants for consumption or medicinal uses.
page was created by Mary Jo Adams on 8/23/06.