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Greater Sea-spurrey: the star of the marsh

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Greater Sea-spurrey: the star of the marsh

If you choose to rummage around on the vegetation of the salt marshes amongst the glasswort, sea purslane, sea-lavender and so on you may encounter this lovely little star-shaped flower, the greater sea-spurrey (Spergularia media). Although carrying the label 'greater' sea-spurrey it is a small flower, usually white but it can also be pale bluish/pink.

As well as a common flower of the coastal marshes, because it loves salty conditions it can also be found inland along the side of roads that are frequently salted in the winter months.

This species is also known as the greater sand-spurrey in some books which can be confusing. There is a lesser sea-spurrey which is less common but the flowers of that are always pink. Both greater and lesser are members of the campion or pink family.


 

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