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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
Sea MayweedDewberry
Burnet RoseWhite Rock-rose
Wood SageGlasswort
Plants with yellow flowers
Common Rock-roseHoary Rock-rose
Golden SamphireYellow Horned Poppy
Field FleawortSilver Ragwort
Sea purslaneWild Cabbage
Sea Wormwood
Plants with red or pink flowers
Beach RoseGreater Sea Spurrey
Red ValerianCommon Storksbill
Sand SpurreyHare's Foot Clover
Sea BindweedSea Pink
Hounds TongueCommon Centaury
Spear-leaved OracheTree 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
Cod GrassSea 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.