Field Madder - Sherardia arvensis


    This plant has small pink to lilac flowers with four petals. The leaves vary from hairless to being covered in thick bristles and are in whorls of between 4 and 6.

    Identification difficulty

    Arable land and waste places.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but local throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 28 of the 617 tetrads.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map