This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Rock Sea-Spurrey, Spergularia Rupicola.
Rock Sea-Spurrey is a pretty small five gently pointed petalled pink flower with yellow stamens. It has thin leaves and grows in clumps on stone walls and above rocky shores. It has silvery stiples which are the scale or leaflike growth at the base of the leaf stalk. The seedheads hanging down from the stalk base after flowering.
It really is common and is frequently found on all the inhabited and most of the uninhabited islands, including Norrads and Western rocks. It likes to be beside the sea.
Its botanical name is Spergularia Rupicola, meaning a plant which scatters its seeds, that is found growing on rocks or cliffs.
So spot plants that after flowering hangs its head from the base of the stalk and chances are you have a Rock Sea-Spurrey, Corn or Sand Spurrey. Corn Spurrey is white and Sand Spurrey is pink and grows on trodden paths. Rock Sea-Spurrey will be growing from the granite walls often at a convenient height to be appreciated.
You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am.