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Rock Samphire (Crithmum maritimum)

Plants with white flowers
Burnet RoseCommon Scurvy Grass
Prickly Saltwort
Rock Samphire
Sea AsterSea Campion
Sea CarrotSea Kale
Sea RocketDewberry
Wood Sage
Plants with yellow flowers
Common Rock RoseHoary Rock Rose
Golden SamphireYellow Horned Poppy
Sea purslane
Plants with red or pink flowers
Beach RoseGreater Sea Spurrey
Red ValerianSand Spurrey
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
Alexanders
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.