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  1. 24 th October 2013 View Count reached 2,001

This Rock Samphire, was photographed on the rocks at Kilmurvey Beach on Inishmore in the Aran Islands.

Rock Samphire is a perennial herb. Its leaves are succulent and antler-like. It is edible – commonly known as “Poor Man’s Asparagus”. In the 19th century it was exported from the Aran Islands in large quantities to be used in pickles.

The fleshy stalks have wide umbels of yellow-green flowers. It flowers from June to September.

It grows on the seashore and seems to thrive in any location where there is a salty sea spray. Hence its name derives from the biblical fisherman, St. Peter. “Samphire” comes from the French name for the plant, “Herbe de Saint Pierre”.

Its botanical name is: “Crithmum Maritimum”.

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History of this Photograph at Redbubble

  1. 13 Nov 2010 uploaded to RedBubble
  2. 12 May 2011 view count 111
  3. 26th January 2012 View count reached 547 but was rejected by the 500-5,000 views group as the hosts didn’t like the photograph

Techie Photography detail:
    Image Mode: Raw
    Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM zoom (at 70mm),
    Camera: Canon 5d MkII
    Exposure: f10 1/160


  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • evon ski
    evon skialmost 3 years ago

    i not only love the picture,but love learning about these native plants. You are a good teacher George. Thanks for sharing.

  • Yvonca,
    Thank you! I am just sitting here in a big woolly jumper, on a chilly evening, with the rain beating on the window as I plan my Spring and Summer trips to the islands where I shot these. George

    – George Row

  • evon ski
    evon skialmost 3 years ago

    a big woollly jumper? sounds snuggly. LOL Merry Merry Christmas to you George and wishing you many adventures in your creative and wondrous adentures for the New Year 2012!

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your Top Ten Placing You can now enter this in the Winning Wildflowers Challenge shortly to be open

  • Kala,
    Thank you and thanks to everyone who voted for this photograph in the Green Wild Flower challenge

    – George Row

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 2 years ago

    I loved reading your description and learning about this strangely lovely plant. Wonder how it tastes – did you ever try eating it? Congratulations on placing in the top 10 in the Going Green challenge! FAVE

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