Batis maritima

Saltwort, Turtleweed

Bataceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,green
Fruit Color:NA
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: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
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)

Ecology

Wildlife:
Insects:
  

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:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

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.