Sand Spurrey - Spergularia rubra

Alternative names
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

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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