Belongs to: saltmarsh plants
Glasswort Salicornia europaea
Also known as: marsh samphire, poor man's asparagus
Best time to see: Jun to end Oct
A fleshy annual saltmarsh plant that is one of the earliest plants to colonise mudflats
Covers large areas of the middle marsh, turning red and yellow as it flowers in August
Harvested and eaten, hence its common name 'poor man's asparagus'
© Tony Gunton