Cakile edentula

Photo Courtesy of K. Hubeny

Common Name(s) American Sea Rocket
Scientific Name Cakile edentula
Family Brassicaceae
Location/Vegetative Zone Primary Dunes
Flowering Period July to September
Identifying Characteristics 6-20 inches tall with pale lavender flowers


• Fleshy leaves and stems
• Leaves are simple (lobed or unlobed but not separated into leaflets)
• Leaves are alternately arranged
• Four petals in flower
• Flower colors vary from white, pink to red, or blue to purple • Produces dry fruit with a length of 12-29 mm



• Sea Rocket’s tangy edible leaves are often used for food.

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