Crithmum maritimum is a edible, perennial, succulent plant growing to 1ft wide and tall. Commonly known as sea fennel or rock samphire, this wild, naturally salt-tolerant plant is usually found on maritime rocks, piers and sandy beaches. Sea fennel has a number of uses in culinary, medicine and cosmetics. This highly aromatic herb has been used in many European countries as edible vegetable or spice. Beside cooked, it is often used for food flavoring, also young leaves are usually prepared for salads or pickled in vinegar and used as condiments. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.