Sea Beet

Beta vulgaris


Sea Beet grows in coastal places at tidelines, on shingle beaches, cliffs and sea-walls, and in saltmarshes. It is a close relative of some of our cultivated beets, such as Sugar-beet, Swiss Chard and Beetroot, and can also be cooked and eaten.

How to identify

Sea Beet is a sprawling perennial with triangular or oval, glossy leaves, spikes of green flowers that appear from July to September, and reddish stems.

Where to find it

Found throughout the UK in coastal locations, but absent from the very north of Scotland.


When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts look after many coastal habitats for the benefit of all kinds of plants, and are working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices in these areas. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Sea Beet
Latin name
Beta vulgaris
Height: up to 1m
Conservation status