The marsh samphire, glasswort, genus Salicornia, a plant once burned to produce ash used to make soda glass.
The rock samphire, Crithmum maritimum.
The golden samphire, Inula crithmoides.
Borrichia arborescens of the West Indies.
Plants of genus Sarcocornia..
Plants of genus Tecticornia..
Origin of samphire
Alteration of Early Modern English sampierethe plant C. maritimumfrom French (herbe de) Saint Pierre(herb of) Saint PeterafterSaint PierreSaint Peter, a patron saint of fisherman (the plant being so called because it grows on rocks near the sea, the name perhaps also being influenced by French pierrerock)
It is interesting to find maritime plants, such as the samphire, growing on their shores a thousand miles from the sea and more than a thousand feet above it.
This area also has samphire but also many salt pans.
Samphire Hoe is a new piece of England created from 4.9 million cubic meters of chalk marl dug to create the Channel Tunnel.
Look for golden samphire that flowers from July to September, a scarce plant in most of Britain.
My sense of place found a plate of large juicy sweet cockles on a bed of crisp green samphire before me.