Sarcocornia quinqueflora – Samphire

A perennial succulent that grows on the seashore and mudflats. It is a useful edible plant that grows in saline areas that flood, and is well adapted to coping with high salt levels. The foliage is shiny and knobbly, from green to purple. It is edible and can be pickled, steamed or blanched, and tastes salty and slightly peppery. The stems are woody, so only the leaves should be picked for eating, and the fresh green ones are the best. A source of calcium, iron and vitamin A.


Family : Chenopodiaceae
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Plant Type : Small shrub, Grass or grass-like
Width : 0.5
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Soil Type : Sandy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Open foliage, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Special Uses : Edible, Bog gardens, Pipe and drain friendly, Pollution tolerant
Scientific Name: Sarcocornia quinqueflora
Common Name : Samphire
Height : 0.5
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pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Poolside, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
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