Sand Spurrey - Spergularia rubra

    Alt Name
    Red Spurrey

    Short, stickily hairy plant. Leaves fleshy, semi-cylindrical in whorls and end in a short bristle, the flowers are pink and have five petals.

    Similar Species

    Spergularia marina

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    See key in Stace for differences.  

    Recording advice

    Records must be verified by a County Recorder from a specimen or series of photos


    Dry waste places, bare and cultivated land.

    When to see it

    Flowers between May and early September.

    Life History

    Annual or biennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread in much of Britain, but sometimes local.

    VC55 Status

    In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 30 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, scarce and confined to Charnwood Forest and Croft.

    It is on the Rare Plant Register

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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