Irish wildflowers

Sand Spurrey
Spergularia rubra
Cabróis dhuimhche
Family: Caryophyllaceae

Flowering time: May-September. Annual. Native.

Lilac-pink flowers, 5-petalled, petals shorter than sepals. Sepals and flowerstalks are more/less sticky-hairy. Unwinged seeds. Whorls of narrow, non-fleshy dull green leaves ending in short bristle. Silvery stipule at base of whorls. Lower parts of plant are hairless. More/less prostrate branches. To 30cm.

Free-draining, open sand or gravel. Rare. Scattered distribution, mainly S and NE Ireland. Only Spergularia also found inland.
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