Salsola kali

Photo Courtesy of K. Hubeny

Common Name(s) Russian Thistle
Scientific Name Salsola kali
Family Chenopodiaceae
Location/Vegetative Zone Salt Marsh
Flowering Period July-October
Identifying Characteristics Bushy, 6 inches to 3 feet high

 

Description

• Bushy annual forb/herb
• Plants may produce as many as 250,000 seeds
• Stems usually striped
• Invasive to Sandy Hook
• Wind carries seeds to distant places
• Better known as tumbleweed
• Plant germinates (grows as seed) in warmer weather between 28 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit

Edible Uses

  • Seeds can be roasted/cooked and eaten
  • Young leaves and stems can be eaten raw or cooked

Sources

Salsola tragus– L.”. Plants For A Future. Web.

Swearingen, J., C. Bargeron. 2016 Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States. University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

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