Annual Pearlwort - Sagina apetala


Low plant with ascending stems. Leaves long-pointed, not forming a rosette. Flowers solitary, four-parted 2 to 4 mm petals minute, soon falling.

Identification difficulty

Dry ground, sandy places, old walls and crevices.

When to see it

Flowering April to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread in Britain though rare in northern Scotland.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 57 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map