Belongs to: flowering plants

Sea beet Beta vulgaris ssp. maritima

Also known as: sea spinach

Best time to see: Jun to mid Sep

Key facts

The ancestor of cultivated plants such as beetroot and sugar beet, common around the coast, such as on seawalls

Dark green glossy leaves with reddish stalks, that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach

Long flower spikes with tiny flowers appear in late summer

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