Danish Scurvygrass - Cochlearia danica

    Description

    Low to short plant. Basal leaves long stalked, rounded to triangular-heart shaped. Upper leaves stalked the lower stem leaves with 3 to 7 lobes. Flowers white or lilac-purple, 4 to 5 mm.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Early flowering, from February through Spring and early summer, a white ribbon right by the kerb, and rarely outside this salt-splash zone.  

    Habitat

    Originally a mainly coastal plant, it has now colonised alongside well salted main roads.

    When to see it

    January to September.

    Life History

    Annual plant sometimes overwintering.

    UK Status

    Frequent on coasts in Britain, and increasing inland.

    VC55 Status

    Quite frequent and increasing in Leicestershire and Rutland alongside main roads where it is tolerant of winter salting. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in only 4 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (neophyte), locally abundant

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map