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Common Glasswort

Salicornia europaea

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Green, no petals
 
Tiny, green, yellow anthers, usually in groups of 3 up the stem, the central one being the largest.
Fruit:
Succulent, fleshy one-seeded fruit.
Leaves:
This plant looks a lot like asparagus in my personal opinion. The translucent leaves consist of many succulent, scale-like segments. They are arranged in opposite pairs, fused to envelop the stems. The green leaves sometimes turn red or yellow later in the year once in fruit. This plant has creeping stems and spreads over large areas, carpeting the ground.
Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
Common Glasswort can be eaten, raw or cooked. It tastes juicy and salty.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Beach Asparagus, Chicken Claws, Chicken Toes, English Sea Grass, Marsh Samphire, Pickle Plant, Picklegrass, Pickleweed, Poor Man's Asparagus, Samphire, Sea Asparagus, Slender Pickleweed.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Beaches, mudflats, saltmarshes, seaside.