Irish wildflowers

Photos: Co.Cork and Co.Waterford

Field Madder
Sherardia arvensis
Dearg faille
Family: Rubiaceae

Flowering time: May-September. Annual. Native.

Terminal clusters of small pink or mauve 4-petalled flowers with leaf-like bracts. Round, bristly fruit surrounded by sepal teeth. Unstalked leaves are lanceolate, pointed, in whorls of 6. More/less bristly plant. Branched, usually prostrate. Height/spread: 10-30cm.

Dry, open grassland, cliffs, dunes, waste ground, arable land.
Decreasing. Most frequent in S and E Ireland.


Field Madder. Ardmore Co.Waterford and Inchigeela, Co.Cork. 2008

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