Sea Aster at Gwennap Head near Porthgwarra in Cornwall
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These Sea Asters were numerous on the slopes at Gwennap Head near Porthgwarra in south west Cornwall. They find some shelter amongst the rocks from the ever present wind. Insight into Sea Aster (Aster tripolium): a short-lived perennial found only … Read More

Corn Marigold near Land’s End in Cornwall
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These beautiful golden yellow flowers were thick around the edges of a wheat field near Land’s End in Cornwall. A stunning sight on a sunny day. Insight into Corn Marigold (Glebionis segetum): formerly known as Chrysanthemum segetum it is native … Read More

British wild flowers: Tall, woolly spikes of yellow Great Mullein
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These tall, spikes of yellow flowers are popping up on sand dunes on the north coast and in hedgerows and on rough grassland on the south coast of Cornwall this month. We even had them on the mound of sand … Read More

Ivy Broomrape at Carbis Bay
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This plant was found growing on ivy at the bottom of a wall near Carbis Bay beach on the north coast of Cornwall. Insight into Ivy Broomrape (Orobanche hederae): found locally in coastal areas of the south and south west … Read More

Endangered plants in Cornwall – Pygmy Rush
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This dwarf rush is only 8cm tall but is very noticeable despite it’s size because of its purplish colouring. We found this specimen in trackways at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve on The Lizard in Cornwall in April. Insight into Pygmy … Read More

Cornish Heath
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These pink flowers on bright green foliage are abundant on the heaths above Kynance Cove on The Lizard peninsula at the moment. Three other members of the heath family were flowering alongside the Cornish Heath. They were Bell Heather (Erica … Read More

Broad-leaved Everlasting-pea
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A spectacular display of bright pink Broad-leaved Everlasting-pea was seen scrambling over a hedge on the roadside at the far end of The Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. Insight into Broad-leaved Everlasting-pea (Lathyrus latifolius): an escapee, it’s found on roadsides, railway … Read More

Bogbean at Perranporth
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This distinctive plant was found in the margins of the pond at Glanville’s (Pennans) Field, Penhale near Perranporth. It was one of those plants that although we’d never seen it before we knew exactly what it was. It’s nice when … Read More

Very rare plant Fringed Rupturewort on The Lizard
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Fringed Rupturewort is one of a number of rare plants to be found on The Lizard in Cornwall. So far we’ve recorded it at Lizard Point and Kynance Cove. It’s not a great showy flower so it’s a little underwhelming … Read More

Black Bryony on the South West Coast Path
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This climbing plant with glossy, exotic leaves is common in Cornwall and we often see it in the hedgerows on the South West Coast Path. Insight into Black Bryony (Tamus communis): the only British member of the tropical yam family … Read More

Bloody Crane’s-bill at Kynance Cove in Cornwall
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A mass of these beautiful purple flowers were on the slopes above Kynance Cove on The Lizard peninsula at the weekend. Insight into Bloody Crane’s-bill (Geranium sanguineum): a native usually found in north and west Britain, it is also found … Read More

Coastal wild flowers in Cornwall
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The coastal wild flowers in Cornwall in late spring are an astonishing scene. The sea slopes and cliff tops are alight with vivid yellows, pinks, oranges and reds as a carpet of Kidney Vetch and Thrift, amongst others, weave across … Read More

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