Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Co.Cork

Blackthorn / Sloe
Prunus spinosa
Family: Rosaceae

Flowering time: March-May. Deciduous shrub. Native.

White flowers, appearing before the leaves.
Blue-black fruit in autumn, edible but very astringent.
Dull green lanceolate leaves. Produces many suckers. Very spiny.
Height: 1-4m

Hedges, woods, scrubland.


Photograph above: Prostrate form in the Burren, Co.Clare.

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