Golden samphire (Inula crithmoides)

Golden samphire (Inula crithmoides) is a perennial, low-growing or small shrubby plant in the family Asteraceae, found growing on salt marsh or sea cliffs in almost all coasts lining the Mediterranean and also the Great Britain.

Golden samphire has a tufted growing habit, growing up to 1.5 m across, forming many leafy branches. The stems are glabrous and can turn woody with time. The plant is erect with numerous upright leaves that are sessile and arranged alternately along the stem. The dark green asparagus-like leaves are narrow and fleshy, and young leaves may be eaten raw or cooked as leaf vegetable. In June, bright yellow flowers are produced in clusters at the top of the leaves, each can be up to 15 cm in diameter. The hermaphrodite (self-fertile) flowers may sometimes be pollinated by bees, flies and beetles.

Propagation is by seed.

Golden samphire (Inula crithmoides)Golden samphire (Inula crithmoides)
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