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Thyme-leaved sandwort

Thyme-leaved sandwort (Arenaria serpyllifolia) is found in all parts of Great Britain apart from the far north. It grows on walls, cliff-tops, chalk downland and arable land.

It is a sprawling bushy plant that is grey-green in colour. It grows to a height of 10 inches maximum but is often much shorter when fully grown. It flowers from June to August, producing tiny white flowers in which the undivided petals are shorter than the sepals.

It is an insignificant plant that has no known uses and is not even eaten by wild animals, possibly because it is poisonous to them. It is often found growing near rabbit burrows because rabbits refuse to eat it.

The plant’s uselessness to both man and beast may account for its survival!

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Image Credit » Forest and Kim Starr. Public domain image from the US Geological Survey.

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markgraham wrote on January 30, 2016, 5:38 PM

It is not a real attractive plant now is it. No wonder it is avoided by others.