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Salicornia depressa (Virginia glasswort)
Cressler, Alan

Salicornia depressa

Salicornia depressa Standl.

Virginia Glasswort, American Glasswort

Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)

Synonym(s): Salicornia europaea, Salicornia europaea var. pachystachya, Salicornia europaea var. simplex, Salicornia maritima, Salicornia virginica

USDA Symbol: SADE10

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

American Glasswort is a member of the goosefoot family (family Chenopodiaceae) which includes mostly succulent herbs, rarely shrubs, with minute clustered greenish flowers. There are about 102 genera and 1,400 species, many found along seashores or in other saline places. Some are used as ornamentals, while many are weeds; and some produce such garden vegetables as beets, Swiss chard, and spinach.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Notes: Up to about 28 inches tall.
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Utricle.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May


USA: AK , AL , CA , CT , DE , FL , GA , HI , IL , LA , MA , MD , ME , MS , NC , NH , NJ , OH , OR , RI , SC , TX , VA , WA
Canada: NB , NS , PE

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High

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 for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-03-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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