Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Derrynane, Co.Kerry

Thyme-leaved Sandwort
Arenaria serpyllifolia ssp. serpyllifolia
Gaineamhlus tíme
Family: Caryophyllaceae

Flowering time: May-August. Annual. Native.

Small 5-petalled white flowers, sepals longer than undivided petals.
Seed capsule usually flask-shaped with broad base, narrow neck. Unstalked, pointed leaves are small, downy, oval. Bushy growth. Height: 3-20cm.

Walls, also cultivated or bare limestone or sandy soils and gravelled rides in conifer plantations. Scatterd distribution, most frequent S, SW, central Ireland.

Similar: Slender Sandwort, A. serpyllifolia ssp. leptoclados
Capsule straight-sided. Slender plant.


Above: Thyme-leaved Sandwort. Dungarvan, County Waterford. September 2008

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