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Samphire, Golden

Botanical: Inula crithmoides (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Compositae

---Part Used---Herb.

Inula crithmoides, popularly named Golden Samphire, is a species growing in salt marshes and on sea-cliffs, but rare, and in England only plentiful in the Isle of Sheppey.

---Description---It has narrow, fleshy leaves and large yellow flowers, growing singly at the extremity of the branches. Formerly, when Samphire (Crithmum Maritimum) was sold in the London markets for a pickle, the young branches of this species were sometimes mixed with it, causing Green in his Universal Herbal (1832) to indignantly remark: 'but it is a villainous imposition because this plant has none of the warm aromatic taste of the true Samphire.'


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Bear in mind "A Modern Herbal" was written with the conventional wisdom of the early 1900's. This should be taken into account as some of the information may now be considered inaccurate, or not in accordance with modern medicine.

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