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Glaux maritima

Glaux maritima L.

Sea Milkwort, Sea-milkwort

Primulaceae (Primrose Family)

Synonym(s): Glaux maritima ssp. obtusifolia, Glaux maritima var. angustifolia, Glaux maritima var. macrophylla, Glaux maritima var. obtusifolia


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


USA: AK , CA , CO , ID , MA , MD , ME , MN , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NV , NY , OR , RI , UT , VA , WA , WY
Canada: NB , NS , 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.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: High


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Research Literature

Reslit 241 - Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Florida (2000) L. G. Chafin and J. C. P. Hancock

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

USDA: Find Glaux maritima in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Glaux maritima in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Glaux maritima


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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