Birds, especially hummingbirds, bees and butterflies all love this plant, but its roots, flowers and leaves are used as remedies for humans. To introduce you to this plant, here is a simple tisane made from its large, velvety leaves.
Gathering sea beans, a.k.a. Salicornia and glass wort, is a very satisfying foraging project. They're easy to spot, easy to pick and easy to cook. Well worth it. The salty crunch works wonders on clam sauce with linguine.