Navelwort - Umbilicus rupestris


Low to medium hairless plant. The leaves are rounded with a central 'navel' and a long stalk, stem leaves being progressively smaller. The flowers are greenish white or straw coloured, bell shaped, pendant and borne in tapered spikes.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

As this is on the local Rare Plant Register, a photo is needed for verification if it is recorded outside its known sites (see below)


Grows on walls, rocks, rooftops and banks.

When to see it

Flowers June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread in western Britain, but much less common elsewhere.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current checklist, (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Native; only recorded as a presumed native from slate quarries in Swithland Wood and the Brand, Swithland Churchyard and Kinchley Lane

It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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