Sesuvium portulacastrum

sea-purslane, shoreline seapurslane, cenicilla


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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: .3-.5 ft    Width: wide-spreading
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      pink,lavender
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Use as a groundcover in moist coastal settings.
Propagation: Division.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant


Native Habitats: Coastal forests, coastal dunes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


The succulent leaves are edible, but salty.

Other Comments:

An important sand stabilizer in the pioneer zone of beach dunes and can tolerate occasional flooding by sea water.