Golden samphire

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For other uses of the name samphire, see Samphire.
Golden samphire
Inula crithmoides.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Limbarda
Species: L. crithmoides
Binomial name
Limbarda crithmoides
(L.) Dumort.
  • Eritheis maritima Gray
  • Inula acutifolia Pasq.
  • Inula crithmoides L.
  • Jacobaea crithmoides (L.) Merino

The golden samphire (Limbarda crithmoides) is a perennial coastal species, which may be found growing on salt marsh or sea cliffs across Eurasia.

Golden samphire has a tufted habit, and the plant may grow up to 1 m tall. It has narrow fleshy leaves and large flower heads, with six yellow petals which may be up to 15 cm across. The flowers are hermaphrodite (self-fertile)[clarification needed] and may also be pollinated by bees, flies and beetles.

Young leaves may be eaten raw or cooked as a leaf vegetable. [2]


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  2. ^ The Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe published by Collins 1974

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