Danish Scurvygrass - Cochlearia danica


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.

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


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

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

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