Between the startling yellow outcrops of gorse, an abundance of wildflowers appear in May and June. We are very lucky as one of the best wildflower coastal walks in Cornwall is Mawgan Porth to Bedruthan Steps. Here are our favourite wild blooms to look out for:
Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus):
Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil is a member of the pea family. Its yellow flowers look like little slippers and appear in small clusters.
Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria):
Characterised by its silky pinnate leaves and yellow to orange flower heads crowded with many small flowers.
Rock Sea-spurrey (Spergularia rupicola):
Growing on or out of rocks with fleshy leaves, pink flowers and sepals the same length as petals.
Sea Campion (Silene uniflora):
Low cushions of smooth, lance-shaped, light green leaves and flower stems containing white flowers.
Sheep’s-bit (Jasione montana):
Often growing in large numbers and carpeting the ground with its fluffy-looking, rounded blue flower heads.
Spring Squill (Scilla verna):
The star-like blue flowers grow in a dense cluster, found in short grassy areas near the sea.
Thrift or Sea Pink (Armeria maritima subsp. maritima):
The leaves are long, straight and dark green, looking like blades of grass. Blooms are pink, and sometimes white or red.