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Glaux maritima L.
Sea milkwort, Sea-milkwort
Synonyms: Glaux maritima ssp. obtusifolia
USDA Symbol: GLMA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A low, fleshy, saltmarsh plant with opposite, oval leaves and tiny, white, pink, lavender, or crimson flowers rising from leaf axils.
This low, often spreading plant is associated with salt marshes. Although its stalkless flowers are not very showy, its habit and opposite, succulent leaves help identify the species. It is much more widely distributed in western North America, from Alaska to northern Canada and south to California and Colorado.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
AK , CA , CO , ID , MA , MD , ME , MN , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NV , NY , OR , RI , UT , VA , WA , WY Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Alberta east to Newfoundland and south to Massachusetts; also in Virginia, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, and throughout West. Native Habitat:
Seashores and borders of salt marshes. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff