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Cochlearia officinalis (common scurvy grass)

scurvy grass (aaaaaarrrrggghhhh lads)

Succulent leaves store water and help to reduce the concentration of toxic salt

Name comes from the plants alleged rich vitamin C content and in days gone by it was eaten by sailors to offset scurvy (as recommended by Captain Cook. Some sources claim it contains a chemical that helps the body absorb vitamin C more efficiently.

Although typically a plant of coastal habitats it has spread inland along roads and motorways at an amazing rate (10-15 miles per year) in recent years (along with another species Cochlearia danica (danish scurvy grass). High turbulence from traffic helps to spread the seeds and de-icing salt makes scurvy grasses feel right at home.

roadside scurvy


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