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Flowers of the Ceredigion Coastal Path

Coastal plants in Ceredigion - especially those on the sea cliffs and on the thin soils above are in many ways much like Alpine plants. They are often exposed to strong winds so they tend to be small  and ground hugging. They must also be able to tolerate the often considerable salt spray. Many of them  are tiny gems - easily missed unless you look carefully. Some of the larger plants, fleshy and thick-leaved are found on shingle banks and dunes close to the beach. They are all salt tolerant, have wide root systems to catch the rain which rapidly drains away, and thick leaves and stems for water storage.

Thrift  Armeria maritima

Stonecrop Sedum angelicum

Spring Squill Scilla verna

Bird's Foot Trefoil  Lotus corniculatus

Marsh Orchid Dactylorhiza purpurella

Mallow Malva silvestris

Lousewort Pedicularis sylvatica

Buck's Horn Plantain  Plantago coronopus

Sea Campion Silene maritima

Sea Beet  Beta maritima

Sheep's Bit Jasione montana

Kidney Vetch Anthyllis vulneraria  with Thrift

Samphire Crithmum maritimum


All photos Rod Attrill 2003