Scientific name: Salicornia europaea
Sometimes called 'Marsh samphire', wild Common glasswort is often gathered and eaten. It grows on saltmarshes and beaches, sometimes forming big, green, fleshy carpets.
StatisticsHeight: up to 30cm
When to seeJanuary to December
AboutCommon glasswort, also known as 'Marsh samphire', grows in saltmarshes, and around beaches and coastal places across the UK. But it is in East Anglia where it is most well-known as a wild food - gathered and displayed alongside fish. Its succulent nature is what makes it so attractive to eat, but also makes it tolerant to the harsh conditions of the shore.
Its flowers appear from August to September.