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Batis maritima

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About Saltwort (Batis maritima) Saltwort (Batis maritima) is a native shrub that grows in Southern California, primarily in the South Coast region. It is moderately fast growing and moderately long-lived. It grows in a rounded form to a height of 1-4 ft., with active growth during the spring. Flowers are green and bloom in the late spring. Leaves are medium green and deciduous. It tends to grow in salt marshes, at elevations from 0-100 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Salt marshes


Elevation ?
-23' - 1231'

Annual Precip. ?
9.4" - 19.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.17" - 0.30"

Coldest Month ?
51.4° F - 56.6° F

Hottest Month ?
64.4° F - 72.9° F

Humidity ?
1.16 vpd - 16.45 vpd


Sunset Zones ?

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Moderate - High
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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