Sea Pearlwort - Sagina maritima


    Low growing slightly tufted plant. Leaves linear lanceolate, rather fleshy and blunt. Flowers 4 to 6 mm, four parted, petals minute or absent. Fruit with erect, purple edged, hooded sepals.

    Similar Species

    other pearlworts

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Annual, with blunt leaves; minute or absent petals

    Recording advice

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


    Bare open habitats, often coastal.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Mostly coastal in Britain, but perhaps beginning to move inland along well salted roads.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland where the record from Stanton-under-Bardon dated 20th May 2015 is believed to be the first for VC55. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map