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Crithmum maritimum

Rock samphire

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.2m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.25m
  • Growth HabitWater plant
  • Flower ColourYellowish
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Crithmum maritimum (Rock samphire). A woody-based, succulent perennial. A maritime herb to 60cm. Native to Europe. Mid green leaves are slender and round. Umbels of flowers are small and yellowish in colour. This plant can be found in rocky coastal areas. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe. STEM: Angled upwards, solid, fleshy, woody at base. ROOT: Woody stock. HAIRS: Absent STIPULES: Absent LEAF-STALK: Short with broad base sheathing stem. BRACTS: Many, spear-shaped, below head and flower-stalks. FLOWER STALK: About equaling flower SEPALS: 5, minute PETALS: 5, heart-shaped. STAMENS: 5 STIGMA: 2, slender. OVARY: 1, below petals, 2-celled. SEEDS: 1 per half, not released.

Characteristics

Perennial, Herbaceous or Succulent

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow, culinary, medicinal. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilLight, Poor quality

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