Sea Rocket - Cakile maritima - Pink and White Hebrides Wildflowers

Sea Rocket - Pink Western Isles Wildflowers

Sea Rocket - Hebrides Wildflowers
The Sea rocket with its delicate wild flowers - white or pale pink seen actually growing on the sandy beach edges here in The Western Isles is pretty.

The Sea rocket is a succulent - a low growing plant commonly found in sandy areas and near the ocean.

Annual Plant - Sea Rocket

It is an annual plant. The sea rocket isn't often seen inland but can be found on almost every stretch of coast in the British Isles and here in The Western Isles

. Sometimes the tiny flowers are almost buried in the sand.

This plant prefers light sandy soils. It has adapted to tolerate salt spray and its low growing form makes it less of a target for abrasive, blowing sand

Buried in the Sand

Sea rocket is sometimes buried by sand; when that happens it responds by growing more and having more seeds

Here in the Western isles - on both the Isle of Lewis and the Isle of Harris these Scottish Wildflowers are a delight to find in the sand - treasure indeed.


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Nectar for The Bees
The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies).

The lovely wildflowers are either white or pale pink and are in typical crucifer arrangement with flower-spike lengthening in fruit. It is in flower from June to August with the seeds ripening a little after that. The flowers are up to quarter of an inch across. It bears its 4-petalled white, pink or lilac flowers in terminal clusters on erect stems.

Tap Root
Sea rocket has a long taproot that holds it in place. The root then branches into a network that stabilizes the sand. The sea rocket has thick fleshy leaves to help it retain moisture.
Ragged Robin - Hebrides Wildflowers

The seeds are contained in a long, rough pod and are released from the pods which are oval and waisted and may moved by wind and water

Pods Divide

The sea rocket wildflower pods divided into two cells, the upper cell bring the biggest - each cell has a seed in it. . The upper breaks off whole, but the lower remains on the plant till the seed is shed. The seeds are dispersed by sea-water.

Mustard Family - Adapted to tolerate Salt
Sea rocket is a member of the Mustard (Brassicaceae) family of flowers.It has also adapted to tolerate salt spray and its low growing form makes it less of a target for abrasive, blowing sand.

White Sea - Rocket

Edible Uses
The leaves, stems, flower buds and immature seedpods - may be used either raw or cooked and are all rich in vitamin C. They have though a bitter taste and are used mainly as a flavouring. The root has been used in bread making.

Very young leaves can be added to salads whilst older leaves can be used as a herb

Sea rocket - Other Names


It is often called two horned sea rocket

- this name derives from the seed pod which is "two hored"
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