Batis maritima

saltwort, turtleweed

Bataceae

wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 2-4 ft    Width: much broader than tall
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      white,green
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Coastal stabilization is salt-flat areas. Can be used ornamentally as a groundcover or bush-like mound in coastal areas.
Propagation: Layering, cuttings.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
moisture_bar
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: Calcareous (high pH)

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Larval and adult host for the great Southern white (Ascia monuste) and Eastern pigmy blue (Brephidium isophthalma) butterflies (Florida Cooperative Extension Service 2002)
Native Habitats: Saltmarshes and flats.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   

Other

Ethnobotany: It can be eaten as a salty salad herb. Ashes from this plant were once used in soap -- however it was apparently toxic if used in abundance. Used to treat a variety of skin conditions.