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Sesuvium portulacastrum (Sea Purslane) 1g

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This 1″-6″ high native succulent groundcover is decorated with pink flowers every afternoon during warm weather. It grows naturally at the edges of salt marshes, where it gets flooded during spring tides and in slacks in sand dunes. Therefore it is tolerant of salt wind, periodic salt flooding and extremely dry soils. Some time ago, I had been harvesting the branch tips to cook with eggs like verdolago (purslane in Spanish). I was horrified when I realized I was eating the wrong plant but relieved when I found out that Sea Purslane is harvested for food In many parts of the world as well. Where deer browsing is heavy, protect it by interplanting it with Opuntia, Sporobolus viriginica, Paspalum vaginatum, Spartina patens or Eragrostis elliottii. Since it does not need salt water, nor hardly any water at all, it makes a nice plant for a hanging basket.  Branches may die back during cold weather but it will where flush back once warm weather returns. 

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Weight 1.7 kg
Dimensions 7 x 7 x 11 in
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