Cakile lanceolata

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Coastal Searocket

Brassicaceae (mustard family)

Plant Specifics

Size:2 ft tall by 2 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,lavender
Fruit Color:Yellow
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms spring through summer.
Noted for:Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Searocket is best used to hold loose sand in place such as the beach dune system.
Propagation:The searocket produces pods shaped like a rocket with two seeds, one in the top, which drops off and is carried away by wind or water, and the bottom with remains with the plant.
Availability:Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Short very dry periods ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Short very dry periods ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:



Attracts butterflies and bees.

Larval host for the great southern white(Ascia monuste phileta).

Native Habitats:Coastal dunes. Identified along the Indian River lagoon and the Atlantic shoreline to the Gulf and across to the panhandle of Florida.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Pronuciation : Ca-ki-le lan-see-oh-lay-tuh The searocket blooms July through September. Annual to short-lived perennial.