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Pickleweed

Sarcocornia pacifica
Dewy Picklweed

Pickleweed takes salt water up through the roots and stores excess salt in the top "pickles."  In the fall, this part turns red and falls off, ridding the plant of the extra salt.  This is the main food for the salt marsh harvest mouse.

Some local health food stores have begun selling pickleweed as a vegetable for human consumption.

Facts About Pickleweed

Origin:  Native

Size:  Branches grow 8" - 25" tall

Leaf Description:  Compressed leaves look like a series of pickles attached end to end

Flower Description:  Tiny white flowers that bloom from Apr to Sep

Page Photo Credits — Picklweed/Angela Sanan
Last Updated: Jan 08, 2013
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