Herb: Sea Aster
Latin name: Aster tripolium
Medicinal use of Sea Aster:Ophthalmic.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Salt marshes and maritime cliffs.
Edible parts of Sea Aster:Leaves and stems - the somewhat fleshy leaves are used to make pickles or are cooked. A sweet taste. The stem contains about 8.4% ash, whilst the leaf is 9% ash - this is mainly sodium chloride.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - surface sow in spring in a cold frame. Do not allow the compost to become dry. Pre-chilling the seed for two weeks can improve germination rates. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks at 20°C. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Cultivation of Sea Aster:Salt marshes and maritime cliffs.
Known hazards of Aster tripolium:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.