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Phyllospadix torreyi - S.Watson.
                 
Common Name Sea Grass, Torrey's surfgrass
Family Zosteraceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Intertidal zone; -15 m; B.C.; California., Oregon.; Mexico (Baja California).
Range Western N. America - Alaska to California.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Wet Soil Water Plants Full sun

Summary

Phyllospadix torreyi Sea Grass, Torrey


Phyllospadix torreyi Sea Grass, Torrey
   
Physical Characteristics
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Phyllospadix torreyi is a PERENNIAL growing to 2 m (6ft 7in). The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

The entire plant, including the long salty-tasting leaves, were formed into square cakes and dried as a winter food by some native North American Indian tribes[256]. Roots - raw or cooked[257].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Basketry.

The bleached leaves have been used to make baskets[257].
Cultivation details
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it is hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. The main problem with this plant is that it is likely to require maritime conditions and possibly also periodic inundation in salt water, so it might not be possible to cultivate the plant under normal garden conditions.
Propagation
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe if this is possible in a greenhouse and perhaps adding some salt to the soil. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Phyllospadix scouleriSurf Grass, Scouler's surfgrass20
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Elizabeth H.
BF Sun Jun 28 2009
Mollison, in Permaculture Two, states that seagrass makes good wall insulation. "Safest" is the word he uses (p. 92), but I'm not quite sure what he means by that.
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