Scurvy Grass (Cochlearia officinalis)
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Scurvy Grass (Cochlearia officinalis)

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Scurvy Grass (Cochlearia Officinalis) is an old crop plant that, until the last century, could still be found in many gardens. Its specialties are an enormously high Vitamin C content and the possibility of harvesting it in winter.
The Vikings are said to have already taken it on board with them against scurvy. That's why this salad plant is also known as scurvy grass. Other names are common scurvygrass, buttercup and watercress.
Congenial to the application, Cochlearia Officinalis is originally home on the salt marshes of the Atlantic coast on the Northern hemisphere and grows wildly in salty, moist locations. Basically, it doesn't make special demands regarding the soil and grows everywhere. The spoon-shaped leaves, which have a hot, cress-like taste and enrich every fresh salad, are harvested. Apart from the heyday in May and June, the harvest of the leaves is possible all around the year.

As a medicinal plant, scurvy grass is said to help with spring fever and fatigue after hard physical labour.

Seeds, content: Approx. 400 Scurvy Grass seeds
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
10 – 25 cm
Flowering time:
Flower colour:
Lifecycle :
Partially shadyfull shadefull sun
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Sowing time outdoors:
Sowing depth:
0.5 cm
Best germination temperature :
5 – 15 °C
Germination time in days:
10 – 20
Planting distance:
25 x 25 cm
Main harvest:
  • Sowing period: Outdoors in spring in March and April or in autumn in August and September
  • Sowing depth: 0.5-1cm in rows
  • Ideal germination temperature: +5-15°C
  • Germination duration: 10-20 days
  • Row spacing: 20-30cm
  • Planting distance: 10-20cm
  • Location: Sunny to shady, very undemanding
  • Soil: Scurvy grass prospers very undemandingly on every kind of soil and especially likes salty, moist soils
  • Care: Keep free from weed in the sowing stage and water when dry as the leaves get very bitter otherwise. As it's a crucifer, male a sowing pause of four years after itself and other representatives of this plant family.
  • Harvest: Always harvest fresh and process it. This is possible any time except during the heyday. Then, the leaves don't taste.
  • Family: Crucifers (Brassicaceae)
Other names
Botanical name:
cochlearia officinaliscrucifera cochlearia var. officinalisdraba cochlearioideseutrema rossii
German names:
Item number
Magic Garden Seeds
Seed quantity:
400 Pcs.


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