I bought some plants at a yard sale including what I was told was pigeon berry. (Rivina humilis) This little plant was among the little babies growing amidst the bigger plants. Is this pigeon berry? (The bigger plants have succumbed to our salty soil already.) The purple tones could be from windburn; this plant is up on our deck (stilt house) and we did have a cold snap.
Actualy, the Rivina humilis foliage is variable; that is, the leaves may be glabrous (smooth) to pubescent (fuzzy). My plants' foliage turns maroonish in color in cold weather. It is supposed to be salt tolerant so maybe something else caused your 3 plants to die.
When it comes to salt tolerance, I have found that in my yard even the most salt-tolerant plants sometimes don't make it. The soil is fill dirt and the soil test showed sodium content at past the halfway mark on the page. Meanwhile, the wind is intense, And Hurricane Ike added to the saltiness, as the storm surge caused backup and overflow of drainage which put about a third of my yard under the salt water. The Rivini went in some time later.
I'm pretty sure I've got Batis growing in our right of way,
And I did have Salicornia bigelovii (which people here kindly identified for me). It is all brown and dead-looking, though, so I'm hoping that's just a winter thing, and not Hurricane Ike storm surge fatality. I had not expected that.
Salicornia virginica is still alive in nearby lots. The Salicornia bigelovii specimen I have/had is the only one around that I had found - a gorgeous bright green.
By golly Metrosideros I admire your knowledge and attention to detail and I don't remember, in my short membership, you ever being wrong but occasioally misunderstood.
Do you have Pachecornias over there? Here they grow amongst the Salicornias on the salt flats and have much larger segments and are a bright shiny green. Here those type of plants growing on salt or tidal flats are referred to as Samphires. Is the same name used in your neck of the woods?
Regards to All
I've never heard of Pachecornia. We have Batis maritima growing in most of the salt flats across the State. Anything else in that Family is cultivated.
Salicornia's are recommended here as a xeriscape plant.
You cause me great concern when you say that you haven't heard of a plant. I immediately think what have I messed up this time. Well it is the spelling the plant is Pachycornia and according to the "Plants of Sth Aust" we have three species, robusta, tenuis & triandra. Over the next few days I will see if I can photograph one for you. They are not as plentiful as Salicornias, along the lines of a thousand Salicornias one Pachycornia.