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The Wild Plants of Sherkin
Cape Clear and Adjacent Islands
of West Cork
by John Akeroyd
by Paul Kay
Sherkin Island Marine Station
flowers of Sea Mayweed provide splashes of colour by the seaside
in summer. They can be found on grassland and open ground
by the sea; on shingle strands, coastal rocks, sea-cliffs
and bird islands.
is a plant that has "escaped" from gardens and naturalized
on banks and walls along many roadsides.
Honeysuckle can be found on many lanesides, hedges and roadside
of these beautiful flowers can sometimes be seen in meadows,
along new roadsides and in waste ground. They have papery
scarlet petals, dark centres and bristles on their long stems.
on walls, hedges, disturbed ground and the upper parts of
shingle strands, the Field Bindweed has a twining steam that
enables it to climb other plants and fences. Its elegant flowers
close in late afternoon and when its wet or overcast.
on heaths, dry banks and grassy walls, the Common Dog-violet
can also be found in gardens where it can become quite a persistent
weed. It is often a rich bluish-violet in colour, with a long
stalk and heart-shaped leaves.
Scurvy-grass is frequently found on rocks, shingle strands,
short turf on sea-cliffs, and at the bases of walls near the
sea. It can create a large splash of white in some areas in
Spring. With its leaves rich in Vitamin C, they used to be
eaten in winter to keep scurvy at bay.
Gorse and Bell Heather colour the landscape in late summer.
The prickly gorse, with its small yellow flowers, provides
a wonderful contrast for the small purple flowers of the Bell
Heather. Often found growing together on coastal heaths, the
heather provides an important source of nectar for bees.
© Sherkin Island
Marine Station 2006