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PlantFiles: Common Glasswort
Salicornia europaea

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Salicornia (sal-eye-KOR-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: europaea (yoo-ROH-pay-a) (Info)

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Ponds and Aquatics
Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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Full Sun

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Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive soul_surfer On Apr 11, 2012, soul_surfer from Spokane Valley, WA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Thank you Sharilou for posting the link to 'victoriana' in the UK. They have a nice selection of several interesting and hard to find plants, but it turns out that they're not very helpful since they refuse to send even seeds outside the UK (not that I blame them mind you, but all the same again it's of little use to the rest of us).

There's apparently a firm in the NL that will wholesale this delicious but generally unknown culinary plant (outside N. Europe) but at a very steep price, so in essence there seems to be no reliable source outside of the UK, NL and other parts of the EU for now.

Hopefully that could change someday though, especially if chefs (& the rest of us) in the US & Canada get turned on to this prized and trendy culinary treat (that also yields a nice price on menus in many parts of the EU each spring & early summer).

Incidentally, the less 'common names' for this plant that are listed here on DG (i.e., '...glasswort' and 'Poor man's...') is no doubt off-putting, but unfairly so for more than one reason. To start with, the more common name for this plant (in addition to being known as "Samphire" in the UK) is "Sea Asparagus", which is what it is widely known as throughout N. Europe. That's understandable since this delicacy looks like tiny asparagus spears yet tastes even better. It also comes as no surprise that Sea Asparagus perfectly compliments and enhances almost any seafood dish. It also helps to turn ordinary ho-hum fare into a gourmet treat with no more effort than it takes to prepare asparagus.

Neutral Sherilou On Sep 9, 2011, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Also known as Marsh Samphire or Poor Man's Asparagus.

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