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Common Name: California Sea Blite
Suaeda californica is a Shrub up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
South-western N. America - California.
Intertidal margins of coastal salt marshes[
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 could succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of this country.
Suaeda californica is an endangered species with a current distribution only on the margins of Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County and a re-established colony in San Francisco Bay[
It dislikes shade, see the plants native range for other ideas on its cultivation needs.
One report says that either the seed or the leaves are edible[
Seed - we have no information on this species but it would probably succeed from an outdoor sowing in mid spring in situ. Only just cover the seed.
If you only have a small quantity of seed then it would be safer to sow this in a cold frame in the winter. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.