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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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29 July, 2010

Rock Samphire (Crithmum maritimum)

This is a common plant of the Dorset coast around the shingle beaches but especially at the foot of cliffs and along land slips.

Rock Samphire is a member of the carrot family and is not related to Golden Samphire which is a daisy.

I believe the leaves of Rock Samphire was (is?) collected to eat in salads.

Flowering around much of the coast of England from June to August Rock Samphire is especially well established here in Dorset.