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Common Name: Virginia Glasswort
Salicornia virginica is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
W. Europe. Eastern and Western N. America.
Salty marshes and beaches[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. There is some doubt over the correct application of this name, it probably refers to S. depressa[
]. The plants native habitat will give some idea of its cultivation needs.
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. A salty flavour[
The plant has been used externally in the treatment of arthritic pain, rheumatism, aches, pains and swellings[
The ashes of burnt plants are used in making glass and soap[
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise in spring, in a greenhouse in a light sandy compost. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division might be possible in the spring.