Towns and built up areas seem an unlikely enviroment for wild flowers, but plants will grow where ever they can find themselves a niche, in cracks in the pavement, old walls, derelict building sites, the edges of sports grounds and other amenity areas. Naruralised garden escapes like buddleja, red valerian and wallflowers are among the sometimes surprising numbers of plants that grow in an urban habitat.
Below are some wildflowers often seen growing in and near towns and urban areas in Ireland. Many of them are also to be found growing by roadsides and on waste and arable land. Please hover over images for the Common and Irish name and click image for more photographs, plant details and distribution maps. Urban lichens can be seen here.