Belongs to: saltmarsh plants

Glasswort Salicornia europaea

Also known as: marsh samphire, poor man's asparagus

Best time to see: Jun to end Oct

Key facts

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