Akali Heath
(Frankenia salina)

HABITAT: This plant grows in the mid-high zone of the salt marsh. It grows low to the ground, up to 1 foot tall and forms clumps that can spread to over 6 feet wide.

FOOD AND HABITAT PROVIDED: Alkali heath provides food and shelter for the larvae of the inchworm moth.  It also provides high tide refuge for the salt marsh harvest mouse and organic matter for invertebrates and bacteria that live in Bay mud.

FUN FACT: Alkali heath is a halophyte—meaning it is a plant that is adapted to living in salty soils. This plant can be used to make a tea to help treat skin infections, rashes, and burns. The tea can also be gargled to soothe sore throats or gums.