Golden samphire (Inula crithmoides)

Golden samphire (Inula 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) and may also be pollinated by bees, flies and beetles. Young leaves may be eaten raw or cooked as a leaf vegetable.


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