Herb: Golden Samphire


Latin name: Inula crithmoides


Family: Compositae



Edible parts of Golden Samphire:

Young leaves - raw or cooked. They are occasionally used as a potherb. The fleshy leaves and young shoots are pickled and used as a relish in salads etc. They are sometimes used as an adulterant of the true samphire, Crithmum maritimum.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Flovering:
July to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Salt marshes, shingle banks and maritime cliffs and rocks on the south and west coasts of Britain.

Propagation of Golden Samphire:

Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient seed, it is worthwhile trying a sowing in situ in the spring or the autumn.

Cultivation of the herb:

Salt marshes, shingle banks and maritime cliffs and rocks on the south and west coasts of Britain.

Medicinal use of Golden Samphire:

None known

Known hazards of Inula crithmoides:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.