Wild Flowers St Ives Cornwall

Discover Beautiful Wild Flowers In St Ives

Wildflowers In St Ives Cornwall

The cliff walks around St Ives Cornwall are home to a variety of wildflowers that have adapted to the harsh coastal conditions.Come and visit St Ives in late Spring and I guarantee you will be blown away by the beauty of it's wild flowers. Our coastal cliffs and moors turn into a mass of stunning blooms!

Here are some common wildflowers I often spot along the cliffs when I'm walking around here:

  • Thrift (Armeria maritima): Also known as Sea Pink, Thrift is a resilient coastal plant with clusters of pink or white flowers. It thrives in sandy or rocky soils and is often seen clinging to cliffs and coastal grasslands.
  • Sea Campion (Silene uniflora): Sea Campion is a delicate wildflower with white, star-shaped flowers. It grows in rocky habitats along the coast and is characterized by its silvery-green foliage.
  • Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria): Kidney Vetch is a low-growing plant with clusters of yellow flowers. It is commonly found on cliffs and coastal grasslands and is known for attracting butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Common Thrift (Aster tripolium): Common Thrift, also known as Sea Aster, is a perennial wildflower with pink or purple flowers. It grows in salt marshes and on coastal cliffs, providing valuable nectar for bees and butterflies
  • Sea Mayweed (Tripleurospermum maritimum): Sea Mayweed is a daisy-like wildflower with white petals and yellow centers. It grows in coastal habitats, including cliffs and dunes, and is often found in areas with saline soils.
  • Sea Rocket (Cakile maritima): Sea Rocket is a succulent coastal plant with purple flowers and fleshy leaves. It thrives in sandy or shingle beaches and is well adapted to the salty spray of the sea.
  • Sea Thrift (Ameria maritima): Sea Thrift, also known as Sea Pink, is a low-growing perennial with pink or white flowers. It forms dense mats along cliff edges and is often seen cascading over rocks and crevices.
  • Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris): Common Mallow is a tall wildflower with pink or purple flowers. It grows in a variety of habitats, including coastal cliffs and grasslands, and is known for its medicinal properties.

These are just a few examples of the wildflowers you might encounter along the coast. Keep an eye out for these and other coastal plants as you explore the rugged beauty of the Cornish coast!

Good Places To See Wild Flowers In St Ives Cornwall

  • The Island. A walk round The Island in St Ives in Spring is an utter delight. It gets covered is a mass of sea pinks (thrifts), buttercups, cats ears and birds foot trefoil.
  • The South West Coast Footpath To Zennor. Pick up the path on the West side of Porthmeor Beach and follow it round to Clodgy Point and beyond.
  • Godrevy Head. Park up at the National Trust car park and walk along the cliffs there. Here you can also find Mutton Cove which is usually packed with seals!

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