Creeping Willow - Salix repens


    A small trailing bush reaching about 1 metre in height, it has straggling branches with silky green leaves. The flower is a catkin of up to 2 or 2.5 cm in length, though often shorter.

    Identification difficulty

    Wet heath and wet grassland.

    When to see it

    Flowers April and May.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but quite local in much of Britain, particularly in central and eastern England.

    VC55 Status

    Local and quite uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

    It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map