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Salicornia virginica (Pickleweed)

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Copyright © 2006 Mary Jo Adams

This species can be found in salt marshes and beaches with low wave energy along the Pacific Coast of the United States and British Columbia, on the American East Coast, and also in Western Europe.  It is a common and easily recognized perennial with fleshy stems, leaves reduced to scales, and tiny yellow flowers that bloom in July and August.  This plant belongs to the goosefoot family.  Other common names for it include saltwort, sea asparagus, and American glasswort.  A similar but less common species, Salicornia maritima tends to take on a bright red hue in the fall.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This page was created by Mary Jo Adams on 8/11/06.

 

 

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photo of pickleweed flowers