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Rock Samphire

Crithmum maritimum

Plant Data

Order:
Apiales
Family:
Apiaceae (Carrot)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Green, 5 petals
 
Yellowish-green umbels with lobed lower bracts, up to 5cm wide.
Fruit:
A cylindrical capsule.
Leaves:
The succulent, fleshy leaves are pinnately divided into 2 or 3 linear lobes. The leaves are arranged alternately along the stems.
Maximum Size:
40 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten, raw or cooked. It tastes very bitter or tangy and salty. You can add the leaves to salad. It is high in vitamin C. The seed pods can be eaten too.
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.
Aroma:
The leaves are strong smelling when crushed.
Other Names:
Camphire, Crest Marine, Peter's Cress, Rock Fennel, Samphire, Sea Fennel, Sea Samphire.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Beaches, rocks, sea cliffs, seaside.