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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Cakile edentula (Bigelow) Hook.
USDA Symbol: CAED
Low, fleshy, branching beach plant with pale lavender flowers.
This annual, found on the ridge of wind-blown sand behind the high-tide line of beaches, gets its common name from the rocket-like shape of the seed pods. The succulent young stems and leaves have a pungent taste, somewhat like horseradish. Harpers Searocket (C. harperi), occurring from North Carolina to Florida, has much more angulate fruits. European Searocket (C. maritima), introduced from Europe and occurring along our northern beaches, has very deeply lobed leaves.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
, WI Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Southern Labrador south along coast to Florida; local around Great Lakes (also present on Pacific Coast). Native Habitat:
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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Native plants of dune erosion control in Michigan
May 30, 2008
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National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
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From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Johnstown, PA
Record Last Modified: 2011-07-13
Research By: TWC Staff