Wild Flowers of Wales

Sea Campion (silene maritima) and Thrift or Sea Pinks (Armeria maritima) Wild Flowers of Cardigan Bay
Sea Campion (silene maritima) and Thrift or Sea Pinks (Armeria maritima)

The wild flowers of the coast and countryside of Cardigan Bay Cardiganshire (Ceredigion) are a delight at every time of year, but especially in the spring when the lanes and footpaths are a mass of flowers.

 

I am adding to this directory of flowers in Ceredigion Wales, but if you can offer any help with corrections or further information please e-mail jane at cardigan-bay.com.

  • FoxgloveFoxglove
    Common Name: Foxglove Latin NameDigitalis purpurea Description: Tall, sometimes over 2 metres Season: summer Colour: Purple More Information: The scientific name means 'finger-like' and refers to the shape of the flowers which fit onto the ends of your fingers, like finger gloves. Location: Often found in the banks along the sides of lanes
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  • Lesser CelandineLesser Celandine
    Common Name: Lesser Celandine Latin NameFicaria verna Description: It has fleshy dark green, heart-shaped leaves and distinctive flowers with bright yellow, glossy petal Season: Spring Colour: Yellow More Information: Location: Again common on roadsides and lanes and often found in large areas of woodland
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  • BluebellsBluebells
    Common Name: Bluebell
    Latin Name: Hyacinthoides non-scripta Description: Up to 20 bell shaped flowers on a sturdy stem. Wonderful perfume. Season: mid April to late May Colour: Blue, sometimes white More Information: Bluebells like the shade of woodland, but where the woods have gone, particularly on north facing slopes, they can still be found on open land - a memory of woodland. Location: Almost anywhere in west Wales but spectacularly on north facing coast slopes such as the one above Poppit Sands heading towards Newport on the coast path.
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  • Sea campionSea campion
    Common Name: Sea campion Latin NameSilene maritima Description: Five petals and about 6 inches high Season: Late May till September Colour: White and palest pink More Information: Can grow in the cliffs and tolerates salt Location: Along the coast paths
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  • CampionCampion
    Common Name: Campion Latin Name: Melandrum rubrium Description: Deep pink flowers 20mm across with notched petals and soft hairy leaves and stem. Season: Spring and Summer Colour: Pink More Information: Location: Roadside and footpaths, just about anywhere that grass has not been cut back in spring.
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  • Wild DaffodilWild Daffodil
    Common Name: Wild Daffodil Latin NameNarcissus pseudonarcissus Description: Wild daffodils are shorter than the long stemmed cultivated plants. They grow in small clumps, often at the base of trees and hedges. Season: Late Winter - Early Spring Colour: Yellow More Information: During the 19th Century the daffodil seems to have replaced the leek as the plant of Wales, possibly because it flowers around March 1st - St. David's Day, and it is so beautiful Location: Very early close to the coast - the Parrog at Newport or track to Penbryn Beach. Later in spring almost any shaded riverbank and lane.
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  • StitchwortStitchwort
    Common Name: Stitchwort Latin NameStellaria graminea Description: Small delicate flower with star shape Season: spring Colour: white More Information: Location: Seen here with bluebells but often with campion too. This photo was taken on the coast path
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  • PrimrosesPrimroses
    Common Name: Wild primroses Latin Name: Primula vulgaris Description: Perennial growing 10–30 cm tall, with a basal rosette of leaves which are more-or-less evergreen in favoured habitats on Welsh roadsides. Season: Spring Colour: Pale Yellow More Information: The primrose is one of the earliest spring flowers Location: Along roadsides and lanes and prolific along the river Teifi
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  • Flowers on the Coast PathFlowers on the Coast Path
    Description: Sea Campion, pink campion, bluebells, gorse and ferns. Season: spring Colour: multicoloured More Information: One of the true pleasures of a spring visit to Cardigan Bay are the fabulous range of wild flowers. Location: Walking from Mwnt to Aberporth along the Ceredigion Coast Footpath.
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  • TeaselTeasel
    Common Name: Teasel Latin NameDipsacus fullonum Description: Remarkable flower whose dried heads feel like velcro. The tiny flowers appear around the teasel in a ring which then expands until the whole flower head is covered. Season: spring Colour: Pink More Information: Traditionally teasel heads were used to comb the wool fibres in the woollen industry which is one explanation of their spread along the streams and rivers where wool has historically been spun or woven. Drefach Felindre used to be a very renowned wool area. Location: Along the banks of the Teifi. This photo was taken under the bridge at at Cenarth.
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  • Wild GarlicWild Garlic
    Common Name: Wild Garlic Latin NameAllium ursinum Description: Star like white flowers with distinct garlic scent from leaves and flowers. The leaves are thick and smooth. Season: spring Colour: white More Information: Also called broad-leaved garlic and wood garlic. You can eat wild garlic leaves in salads or boiled as a vegetable for soup, also as a substitute for basil. Location: Woodland and river banks. These were photographed in the woods, inland from Cwmtydu
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  • Common Spotted OrchidCommon Spotted Orchid
    Common Name: Common Spotted Orchid
    Latin NameDactylorhiza fuchsii Description: Beautiful short but sturdy flower Season: summer Colour: pale pink More Information: Thank you for the response now have the flower identified and common spotted orchid. Location: Photographed in the sand dunes behind Poppit Sands
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If you are visiting The National Botanical Gardens or Aberglassney, The Garden Lost in Time, why not stay on the coast around Cardigan Bay. Enjoy the natural delights of this peaceful, un-crowded area. See the bottlenose dolphins and other marine wildlife. For full information on open gardens including opening times and facilities see The National Garden Scheme website www.ngs.org.uk