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Sea Rocket (Cakile Edentula)

The Sea Rocket is not difficult to spot, as one wonders along the many beaches of Nova Scotia, whether sandy or stoney. The Sea Rocket is an annual plant that blooms July through to September. The flowers are small and delicate, lavender in colour, and having four petals. The leaves are fleshy, or, as they say, succulent; lanceolate and wavy-toothed. The stems are many branched and also fleshy. The plant is low to the ground and will usually be found creeping along just above the high tide line. The plant is said to be a European introduction.

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Peter Landry

(2011)