Batis maritima

saltwort, turtleweed


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 2-4 ft    Width: much broader than tall
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      white,green
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Coastal stabilization is salt-flat areas. Can be used ornamentally as a groundcover or bush-like mound in coastal areas.
Propagation: Layering, cuttings.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: Calcareous (high pH)


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Larval and adult host for the great Southern white (Ascia monuste) and Eastern pigmy blue (Brephidium isophthalma) butterflies (Florida Cooperative Extension Service 2002)
Native Habitats: Saltmarshes and flats.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


It can be eaten as a salty salad herb. Ashes from this plant were once used in soap -- however it was apparently toxic if used in abundance. Used to treat a variety of skin conditions.