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Wildflower walks guide

By March 16, 2015Things to do

One of our favourite times of the year in Cornwall is May and June when all the wildflowers suddenly appear. Fields of pink and purple sea thrift clinging to the cliff sides, stonecrop sheltering between the rocks.

One of the most stunning displays of wildflowers can be found between Mawgan Porth and Bedrutha Steps – luckily right on our doorstep!

So if you’re going on a coastal stroll anytime soon, here are some of our favourites to look out for:

Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) is a member of the pea family. Its yellow flowers look like little slippers and appear in small clusters.
Common Bird's FootEnglish Stonecrop (Sedum anglicum) are star-like, white (sometimes tinged pink and the fruits are succulent-like and red.
Wildflower_0006_english-stonecropKidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria). Characterised by its silky pinnate leaves and yellow to orange flower heads crowded with many small flowers.Wildflower_0005_Kidney-VetchOxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare). Dark green spoon-shaped leaves and solitary white, daisy-like flowerheads.Wildflower_daisyRock Sea-spurrey (Spergularia rupicola). Growing on or out of rocks with fleshy leaves, pink flowers and sepals the same length as petals.Wildflower_Rock-Sea-spurrey-Sea Campion (Silene uniflora). Low cushions of smooth, lance-shaped, light green leaves and flower stems containing white flowers.Wildflower_Sea-CampionSpring Squill (Scilla verna). The star-like blue flowers grow in a dense cluster, found in short grassy areas near the sea.Wildflower_Spring-Squill-Thrift or Sea Pink (Armeria maritima subsp. maritima). The leaves are long, straight and dark green, looking like blades of grass. Blooms are pink, and sometimes white or red.Sea-Thrift