Salicornia europaea

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  3. Glasswort


Common Glasswort, also known as 'Marsh Samphire', grows in saltmarshes and around beaches and coastal places across the UK. But it is in East Anglia where it is most well-known as a wild food - gathered and displayed alongside fish. Its succulent nature is what makes it so attractive to eat, but also makes it tolerant to the harsh conditions of the shore.

How to identify

Common Glasswort can easily be confused with other glasswort plants (there are seven in total). Look for a yellowy-green fleshy plant, a little like a cactus. Tiny, thin flowers that point upwards appear from August to September.

Where to find it

Found scattered across the UK in coastal areas.


When to find it

  • January
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  • March
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  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts look after many coastal habitats for the benefit of all kinds of plants, and are working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices in these areas. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Latin name
Salicornia europaea
Height: up to 30cm
Conservation status