Lesser Sea-spurrey

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Lesser sea-spurrey

Scientific name: Spergularia marina
Traditionally a coastal species, Lesser sea-spurrey has spread inland, taking advantage of the winter-salting of our roads. Its pink-and-white flowers bloom in summer.

Species information

Statistics

Height: up to 20cm

Conservation status

Common.

When to see

June to September

About

Lesser sea-spurrey is a coastal plant, but is frequently found along major roads in England and southern Scotland that have been salted in winter. It can also be found at Pasturefields Saltmarsh - one of only two remaining inland saltmarshes in the UK and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). Here, it can be seen growing alongside Sea Milkwort and Sea Plantain. It flowers from June to September.

How to identify

Lesser sea-spurrey has fleshy, cylindrical, green leaves and small, deep pink flowers with white middles. It is a low growing, sprawling plant.

Distribution

Found mostly in coastal locations around the UK, but does appear in certain inland areas.

Did you know?

The coastal Lesser sea-spurrey not only turns up at inland saltmarshes, but is also at home on the edges of roads that have been treated with salt.

How people can help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many coastal nature reserves for the benefit of the wildlife they support. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife news, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities, and will be helping local wildlife along the way.