Rock Samphire is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in coastal grasslands and rocky areas, to a mature height of up to 30cm.
Rock Samphire is a coastal plant unrelated to other samphires such as Golden Samphire and Marsh Samphire. The name Samphire is a corruption of the French 'Saint Pierre', patron saint of fishermen, and is a generic name given to several maritime species. Rock Samphire is commonly found on 'rocky' shorelines.
Botanic classification and naming: Rock Samphire is a member of the Carrot (Apiaceae) family. The genus name
'Crithmum' identifies the plant as a Rock Samphire and its species name 'maritimum' means 'coastal plant'.