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Spring Sandwort

Minuartia verna

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
A dainty flower with 5 white petals. The unnotched petals are longer than the white-edged, veined sepals. Each flower has about 10 stamens with purple anthers.
Fruit:
A globular capsule.
Leaves:
A nationally scarce perennial with linear leaves, 3-veined and moss-like in appearance. This flower carpets the floor, usually on limestone but it often grows in the most unlikely of places such as on bare spoil heaps.
Maximum Size:
15cm tall.
Other Names:
Leadwort, Vernal Sandwort, Vernal Stitchwort.
Habitats:
Cliffs, grassland, rocks.