Brookweed - Samolus valerandi

    Description

    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

    Habitat

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

    When to see it

    Flowers June to August.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map