Irish wildflowers

Heath Pearlwort, Sagina subulata, Mongán móna
Photos: Barley Cove, Co.Cork

Heath Pearlwort
Sagina subulata
Mongán móna
Family: Caryophyllaceae

Flowering June-August. Perennial. Native.

Small 5-petalled white flowers on erect, leafless stalks. Petals shorter than or as long as sepals. 10 stamens. Sepals glandular-hairy or hairless (var. glabrata). Narrow, bristle-tipped leaves. Non-flowering central leaf rosette, numerous prostrate, rooting stems to 10cm long.

Dry, open ground, usually on sand, gravel or shallow peaty soils. Coastal heaths, dry pastures, roadsides. Occasional near N, W and SW coasts. Decreasing.
Similar: Procumbent Pearlwort

Heath Pearlwort. Barley Cove, Co.Cork. May 2008

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