Eel Grass (Zostera marina)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Eel Grass
Zostera marina
Zosteraceae

The dried leaves and stems are used as a packing material[46, 61, 66, 100].

The plant is frequently used as a manure[2].

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are used in the treatment of dropsy, goitre and women’s illnesses[218].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – raw or cooked[177, 256]. The leaf bases are crisp and sweet, they were often used as a feast food by the native North American Indians[256].

    Seed[177]. No more details are given.

    The root of the plant is chewed for its saccharine juice[2, 105]. The root is crisp and sweet, it was used as a flavouring by the native North American Indians and was also dried for winter food[256]. The raw rhizomes were often used as a feast food[256].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe. Division.
A plant of shallow sea water, it is not really suitable for normal cultivation.
Europe, including Britain, from Norway south and east to the Mediterranean.

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