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Wales Beach Guide

Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum)

Plants with white flowers
Common Scurvy GrassDanish Scurvy Grass
Prickly SaltwortRock Samphire
Sea AsterSea Mouse-ear
Sea CampionSea Carrot
Sea KaleSea Rocket
Sea MayweedDewberry
Burnet RoseWhite Rock-rose
Wood SageGlasswort
Plants with yellow flowers
Common Rock-roseHoary Rock-rose
Golden SamphireYellow Horned Poppy
Field FleawortSilver Ragwort
Sea purslaneWild Cabbage
Sea Wormwood
Plants with red or pink flowers
Beach RoseGreater Sea Spurrey
Red ValerianCommon Storksbill
Sand SpurreyHare's Foot Clover
Sea BindweedSea Pink
Hounds TongueCommon Centaury
Spear-leaved OracheTree Mallow
Plants with blue or purple flowers
Common Sea LavenderRock Sea Lavender
Vernal SquillSea Holly
Sheep's Bit
Plants with green or brown flowers
Sea BeetSea Spurge
Alexanders
Sea Plantain
Grasses & Shrubs
Marram GrassLyme Grass
Cod GrassSea Buckthorn
Alexanders

Alexanders is a very common plant along coastal paths and lanes in Wales, which becomes more common towards the west. The pale yellow-green flowers are in umbels and can be seen in Spring, although this one was photographed in late February. The trifoliate leaves are a glossy dark green. Also seen along hedgerows, particularly on limestone soils near the coast. It reaches a height of 4 to 5 feet.