American searocket

Cakile edulenta

Range:  Common in coastal BC; N to AK and S to CA, also along the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Coast.

Description:  Fleshy, branched annual herb from a taproot; 10-50 cm tall, base of lower stems often decumbentLeaves alternate, widely egg- or spoon-shaped, fleshy, deeply toothed to wavy-margined and saw-toothed, with a broad stalk, 2-7 cm long.  Raceme inflorescence, 4-15 cm long; flower stalks 3-7 mm long, stout, ascending; 4 petals white to purplish-tinged, 6-8 mm long.

Ecology:  Moist to wet sandy beaches along the ocean.

Notes:  Introduced species in BC


  • Eflora
  • Pojar, J. and A. MacKinnon.  1994.  Plants of coastal British Columbia: including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver. 528 p.

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