Lesser Sea-spurrey

Spergularia marina

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Lesser Sea-spurrey is frequent found along most trunk roads in England and southern Scotland, where the roads are salted in winter. Pasturefields Saltmarsh is one of only two remaining inland saltmarshes in the UK and, as such, has been given legal protection as a Special Area of Conservation. Here, Lesser Sea-spurrey can be found alongside Sea Milkwort and Sea Plantain.

How to identify

Lesser Sea-spurrey has fleshy, cylindrical, green leaves and small, deep pink flowers with white middles that appear from June to September.

Where to find it

Grows mostly in coastal regions around the UK, but does appear in certain inland areas.


When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts look after many coastal habitats for the benefit of plants like Lesser Sea-spurrey, and are working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices in these areas. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Lesser Sea-spurrey
Latin name
Spergularia marina
Height: up to 20cm
Conservation status