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.

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

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