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
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.
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
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.
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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