Irish wildflowers





Water-purslane
Lythrum portula
Puirpín uisce
Family: Lythraceae

Flowering time: July-September. Annual. Native.

Very small pinkish-white flowers growing from leaf-axils. The 6 petals are
very small or sometimes absent. 12-toothed calyx. Small oval leaves, stalked,
opposite. Creeping, hairless stems, reddish-green, rooting at nodes.
Height/spread: stems 5-20 cm long.

Damp bare ground, heaths, paths, ditches, receding margins of water bodies. Frequent in SW, occasional elsewhere in Ireland.
     
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