Bunias edentula Bigelow
Cakile aegyptia edentula Maire & Weiller
Cakile americana Nutt.
Cakile californica A.Heller
Cakile harperi Small
Cakile lacustris (Fernald) Pobedint.
Cakile lanceolata apetala O.E.Schulz
Cakile lanceolata australiensis Thell.
Cakile lanceolata edentula (Bigelow) O.E.Schulz
Cakile lanceolata millspaughii O.E. Schulz
Cakile maritima americana (Nutt.) Torr.
Common Name: Sea Rocket
Cakile edentula is an annual plant, usually erect but sometimes prostrate and much branched; it grows up to 80cm tall. The plant sometimes perennates, in which case it is usually compact in form and rarely sprawling[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Western and eastern N. America - Alaska to California and Quebec to Labrador, south to Illinois and N. Carolina.
Sandy or gravelly beaches[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Beetles, Lepidoptera
Prefers a light well-drained soil and a sunny position[
This species is closely related to Cakile maritima[
Leaves and young stems - raw or cooked[
]. The younger leaves are used in salads whilst older leaves are mixed with milder tasting leaves and used as a potherb[
]. A horseradish flavour[
Root - dried and ground into a powder, then mixed with cereal flours and used to make bread[
]. A famine food, only used when all else fails[
Seed - sow late spring or early autumn in situ. Germination is usually rapid.