Brookweed - Samolus valerandi


Low to short creeping plant; leaves oval or spoon shaped, pale green, in a basal rosette and alternate up the stem. Flowers white, cup shaped, 2 to 3 mm, petals joined to half way.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

As this is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register, a photo is needed for verification


Damp shaded habitats, pool, river and stream margins, ditches etc.

When to see it

Flowers June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Previously almost exclusively coastal, but becoming more frequent inland now.

VC55 Status

Infrequent but probably increasing in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, and is on the Rare Plant Register

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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