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Flora of Cornwall (1999)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Flora of Cornwall (1999), which was a Tetrad Atlas (the maps had 2km square dots or Tetrads). The map on this web page depicts the plant's distribution at the 1km square scale and shows the records made pre-2000 which were used in the 1999 Flora and those made since.

Armeria maritima - Thrift

All round the coast of Cornwall one may find Thrift growing on the cliffs and nearby hedges and walls. It is also frequent on the salt-marshes, especially in the creek by Perran Wharf (SW73Z). Inland it appears in the mining district of St. Day (SW74L) and at Carnkie (SW63Z). Its tolerance of high levels of salts has clearly helped make it suited to the heavy metal contaminated soils of the old mining areas. White-flowered forms are rare on the coast (this variety can be seen at Chipman Point, SX19P), but are common around Wheal Maid (SW74L). Thrift is very common on Scilly.

Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.