Suaeda maritima is a British species of flowering plant in the amaranth family known by the common names herbaceous seepweed and annual sea blite. It is a yellow-green shrub with fleshy, succulent leaves and green flowers. It grows to about 12 inches in salt marshes. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind, self. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline and saline soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.
Young leaves are eaten raw or cooked and have a pleasant salty flavor, they make a nice addition in small quantities to a salad. They are often mixed with other vegetables in order to reduce their saltiness. The young shoots are pickled in vinegar and eaten on their own or used as a relish.