Brassicaceae
Cakile maritima

European Searocket

Prostrate to erect, fleshy, hairless. Stems branch outward from base, often on ground, sometimes forming upright mounds. Leaves 2–3 in. long, egg- to spoon-shaped, with short petioles, deeply pinnately divided. Flowers clustered at stem tops, 4 petals pale to deep rose, rarely white, stems elongate to 8–14 in. in fruit. Seedpods fleshy, green drying to tan, with joint across center; upper section cone-shaped, with sharp point; lower section 2 horn-like projections; 1 seed in each section. Grows in coastal beach sand.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: All Spring And Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual, Perennial
  • Height: to 20 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal
  • Found In: Olympic NP
  • Native: No