Suaeda linearis

Plant Name Sea Blite
Scientific name Suaeda linearis
Family Chenopodiaceae
Location Salt Marsh (Horseshoe Cove)
Identifying Characteristics Grows to be 2 feet in height

Description

  • Leaves alternate in shape and are green in color, stems branched, branches have numerous segments, waxy appearance.
  • In late summer or early fall, numerous tiny green flowers, about 0.1 inch wide.

Location

Uses

  • Different species of Suaeda were used by Native Americans in order to make the black patterns in woven baskets.
  • The entire plant was added to boiled water and steeped in order to extract the potent dye.
  • Sea blite can be boiled or steamed; it is known to be a tasty warm salad when hard boiled eggs are added.

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