Herb: Virginia Glasswort

Latin name: Salicornia virginica

Family: Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)

Medicinal use of Virginia Glasswort:

The plant has been used externally in the treatment of arthritic pain, rheumatism, aches, pains and swellings.

Description of the plant:


30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

Habitat of the herb:

Salty marshes and beaches.

Edible parts of Virginia Glasswort:

Leaves - raw or cooked. A salty flavour.

Other uses of the herb:

The ashes of burnt plants are used in making glass and soap.

Propagation of Virginia Glasswort:

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise in spring, in a greenhouse in a light sandy compost. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division might be possible in the spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Salty marshes and beaches.

Known hazards of Salicornia virginica:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.