Batis maritima

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Saltwort, Turtleweed


Plant Specifics

Size:2-4 ft tall by much broader than tall ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,green
Fruit Color:NA
Noted for:Interesting foliage


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: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of frequent or regular inundation (usually areas with tidal inundation)
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH)



Larval host and adult nectar plant 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 in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


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.