Suaeda maritima - (L.)Dum.
Common Name Sea Blite, Herbaceous seepweed, Rich's seepweed
Family Chenopodiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Salt marshes and sea shores, usually below the high water mark of spring tides[17].
Range European coasts and saline areas inland, south from Norway to eastern Asia, E. Indies, N. America.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Moist Soil Full sun

Translate this page:

You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box.


Suaeda maritima Sea Blite, Herbaceous seepweed,  Rich
Suaeda maritima Sea Blite, Herbaceous seepweed,  Rich
Physical Characteristics
 icon of manicon of flower
Suaeda maritima is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from Jul to October, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline and saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.


 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked[2, 105, 177]. A pleasant salty flavour, they make a nice addition in small quantities to a salad[K]. They are often mixed with other vegetables in order to reduce their saltiness[183]. The young shoots are pickled in vinegar and eaten on their own or used as a relish[183]. Seed - raw or cooked.
Medicinal Uses
Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

None known


Other Uses

The ashes of the plant provide a soda that is used in making glass and soap[9].
Cultivation details
Dislikes shade. See the plants native habitat for other ideas on its cultivation needs.
Seed - sow spring in situ.
Other Names
Found In
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
Suaeda australisSeablite20
Suaeda californicaCalifornia Sea Blite10
Suaeda corniculata 10
Suaeda depressaPursh seepweed10
Suaeda fruticosaShrubby Seablite21
Suaeda glauca 10
Suaeda japonica 10
Suaeda linearisSouthern Sea Blite, Annual seepweed10
Suaeda nigraBush Seepweed10
Suaeda occidentalisWestern Seepweed10
Suaeda palmeri 10
Suaeda salsa 10


Print Friendly and PDF
Expert comment
Botanical References
Links / References
For a list of references used on this page please go here
Readers comment
Hari Sulistiyowati   Fri Jan 13 2006
For the information, I find the community of S. maritima in the local coastal area of Probolinggo. It's about 10 square metres. I know that this species grows up well in the sandy area. I plan to cultivate the species for conservation. I need a lot of information about S. maritima cultivation, usedfull, or other potential. It is because the species is endemic for the original site and it's population is limited. Thank you. Sincerely, Hari Sulistiyowati, Biology Department, Mathemathic and Basic Science Faculty, Jember University, East Java, Indonesia

QR Code

What's this?

This is a QR code (short for Quick Response) which gives fast-track access to our website pages. QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone (smartphone) cameras. This QR Code is unique to this page. All plant pages have their own unique code. For more information about QR Codes click here.

1. Copy and print the QR code to a plant label, poster, book, website, magazines, newspaper etc and even t-shirts.
2. Smartphone users scan the QR Code which automatically takes them to the webpage the QR Code came from.
3. Smartphone users quickly have information on a plant directly for the website on their phone.
Add a comment

If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a plant will be included. If you think a comment/link or information contained on this page is inaccurate or misleading we would welcome your feedback at [email protected]. If you have questions about a plant please use the Forum on this website as we do not have the resources to answer questions ourselves.

* Please note: the comments by website users are not necessarily those held by PFAF and may give misleading or inaccurate information.

To leave a comment please Register or login here All comments need to be approved so will not appear immediately.

Subject : Suaeda maritima  

Plant Uses

Edible Uses
Medicinal Uses
Other Plant uses
Woodland Gardening
Why Perennial Plants?
Top Edible Plants
Top Medicinal Plants
Garden Design

Twiter      Facebook


Content Help
Support Us
Old Database Search
About Us
Sign In

Stay informed about PFAFs progress,
challenges and hopes by signing up for
our free email ePost. You will receive
a range of benefits including:
* Important announcements and news
* Exclusive content not on the website
* Updates on new information &
functionality of the website & database

We will not sell or share your email address.
You can unsubscribe at anytime.