Cakile edentula (Bigelow) Hook.
Cakile edentula var. edentula, Bunias edentula, Cakile aegyptia var. edentula, Cakile americana, Cakile californica, Cakile lanceolata var. edentula, Cakile lanceolata subsp. edentula, Cakile maritima var. americana
Cakile edentula is a succulent plant up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall, with thick, edible leaves. It grows as a short shrub on beaches. The leaves alternately grow on the stem and have various teeth and lobe patterns. The flowers are separate, radially symmetrical, and contain four petals. They can be pink to red, blue to purple, or white. Fruit are small and green, up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) in diameter.
It is grown as an annual plant, so it has no USDA hardiness zone.
How to Grow and Care
Searocket grows and exists in the sandy soil closer to the ocean than the beach grass. Growing Searocket actually prefers sandy conditions. As a succulent, the plant holds water, making growing Searocket even easier.
When growing Searocket, don't include it as part of a vegetable garden. Companions for Searocket cultivation must be of the same family. If the Searockets detect roots of other type plants close to it, an "allelopathic" action occurs. Searocket releases a substance into the root zone that stunts or otherwise deters plants of other types.
Searocket puts a long taproot into the soil and does not like to be moved. Start it from the double jointed seed pods when they appear on the plant and mature, following the small purple blooms. This taproot makes the plant an excellent choice to hold and stabilize sandy soils that may be eroding… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for a Searocket
Native to North America.
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