Crithmum maritimum

Crithmum maritimum (or Samphire) is an easily recognised umbellifer found on the coast. The leaves are thick and semi-succulent and hard to the touch. What does it look like? Waxy grey-green foliage, the stems are green to dark pinkish, flowers yellowy-green. Not tall at around 20-40cm and clump-forming in habit. It is unique in being theContinue reading “Crithmum maritimum”

Peucedanum officinale

Peucedanum officinale (or Hog’s Fennel) is a large, conspicuous, herbaceous umbellifer. An umbellifer is a plant in the family Apiaceae where the flowers are arranged in umbels which helpfully resemble the spokes of an umbrella. It first becomes obvious to the passer-by in March-April, flowers in July-August and seeds from September onwards. It is difficult toContinue reading “Peucedanum officinale”