Field Madder - Sherardia arvensis

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    Arable land and waste places.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History

    Annual.

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

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