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Rock Samphire (Crithmum maritimum)

Plants with white flowers
Common Scurvy GrassDanish Scurvy Grass
Prickly Saltwort
Rock Samphire
Sea AsterSea Mouse-ear
Sea CampionSea Carrot
Sea KaleSea Rocket
DewberryBurnet Rose
White Rock-roseWood Sage
Plants with yellow flowers
Common Rock-roseHoary Rock-rose
Golden SamphireYellow Horned Poppy
Field FleawortSilver Ragwort
Sea purslaneWild Cabbage
Plants with red or pink flowers
Beach RoseGreater Sea Spurrey
Red ValerianCommon Storksbill
Sand SpurreySea Bindweed
Sea PinkHounds Tongue
Common CentaurySpear-leaved Orache
Tree Mallow
Plants with blue or purple flowers
Common Sea LavenderRock Sea Lavender
Vernal SquillSea Holly
Sheep's Bit
Plants with green or brown flowers
Sea BeetSea Spurge
AlexandersSea Plantain
Grasses & Shrubs
Marram GrassLyme Grass
Sea Buckthorn
Rock Samphire

Flowering from mid to late summer, the Rock Samphire grows mostly on rocks, cliffs and stone walls. It has thick, fleshy leaves and the pale greenish-white flowers have five petals. Also known as samphire, sea fennel or sea asparagus, the leaves are edible, and can be cooked by simmering in water for about 10 minutes.