Golden Samphire

A flower of sea cliffs and also shingle banks and drier areas of salt marsh. 

Golden Samphire: shake rattle and roll - In August the golden samphire (Inula crithmoides) starts coming in to flower and is especially well established on the cliffs at Durslton; although it can be found on shingle banks and drier areas of salt marsh too.
Golden samphire is a member of the daisy family and is unrelated to rock samphire which is a carrot. It has an entirely different flower to rock samphire but has similar slender, fleshy leaves which is why I guess both share the English name of samphire. The scientific names have a resemblance too with rock samphire being 'crithmum' and golden samphire being 'crithmoides' or 'crith like' however crith seems to mean to tremble, shake or shiver so I am not sure what he connection is..
Flowering from late July until early September the golden daisy flowers cannot be missed nor can they really be mistaken for anything else.


Species Detail
Common Name Golden Samphire
Alternative Name
Scientific Name Inula crithmoides
Family Daisy Family Compositae
Species Reference blamey 274.6
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Habitat Reference Relationship
C1: Hard Coastal Cliffs


C5: Rocky shore