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Common Name: Shrubby Seablite
Suaeda fruticosa is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Coasts of Europe, from France and Britain southwards. Central and southwestern Asia, Africa.
Sandy soils, salty or otherwise, along the coast[
]. Plants do not grow below the line of the spring high tides[
Dislikes shade. Succeeds in saline soils and tolerates maritime exposure.
Young leaves - raw or cooked. A salty flavour[
Seed - raw or cooked.
The leaves are used as a poultice in the treatment of ophthalmia[
]. When infused in water, they have been used as an emetic[
The plant is rich in potassium and is often burnt as a source of potash for making soap and glass[
Seed - sow spring in situ.