Cakile edentula (Bigelow) Hook.
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)
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. Harper's 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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AK , AL , CA , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SC , VA , WA , WI
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE
Native Distribution: Southern Labrador south along coast to Florida; local around Great Lakes (also present on Pacific Coast).
Native Habitat: Beaches.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Cakile edentula in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cakile edentula in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cakile edentula
MetadataRecord Modified: 2011-07-13
Research By: TWC Staff