Tunicflower - Petrorhagia saxifraga


    A low growing, sometimes mat forming, much branched plant with masses of pale pink flowers and fine thin leaves.

    Similar Species

    Gypsophila muralis

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


    It is usually encountered as a casual on walls, railway banks and roadsides having escaped from cultivation. It prefers dry or disturbed soils as it is easily out competed by more robust plants. 

    When to see it

    Flowering June to August or September.

    UK Status

    Just a scattering of records from across Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map