Sea Aster (Aster tripolium)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Sea Aster
Aster tripolium
Compositae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    Ophthalmic[100].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves and stems – the somewhat fleshy leaves are used to make pickles or are cooked[2, 105, 177]. A sweet taste[179]. The stem contains about 8.4% ash, whilst the leaf is 9% ash – this is mainly sodium chloride[179].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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[134]. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks at 20¡c[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Succeeds in most good garden soils[1], preferring one that is well-drained and moisture retentive[200]. Prefers a sunny position[200]. This species tends to be a short-lived perennial[17]. Most species in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200].
Coastal areas of Europe, including Britain, N. Africa and saline inland areas of Europe and C. Asia.

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