If you happen to be near rocky places such as sea cliffs, shingle coastlines or even gravel paths during the summer months you will most likely come across sea campion. It is usually found growing alone but it can also occasionally be seen in small clusters.
Each sea campion flower has a pink- and purple-veined calyx flowerhead and five white, bi-lobed petals. This means that each individual petal is split down the middle, giving the illusion of ten petals instead of five. The sea campion’s upright grey-green stems are covered in small, waxy, lance-shaped leaves.
- Height: 15–30cm
Common on most coastlines in Scotland, but particularly on the west coast.
When to see
May – September
- The sea campion has also been referred to as ‘dead man’s bells’, ‘witches thimbles’ and ‘Devil’s hatties’
- According to folklore this plant should not be picked as it is said to bring death