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Sea Buckthorn (Hipphophae rhamnoides)

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
AlexandersSea Plantain
Grasses & Shrubs
Marram GrassLyme Grass
Cod Grass
Sea Buckthorn
Sea Buckthorn

Sea Buckthorn often grows on sand dunes particularly at Pembrey Beach and Tenby South, where it carpets large areas forming an almost impenetrable barrier. It grows to a height of between 6 and 9 feet, and its small green flowers are inconspicuous and appear in early spring. The narrow willow-like leaves are 3 to 4 inches long and alternate. The shrub becomes most noticeable from September until November when its bright orange berries appear. These have a high Vitamin C content (and a very acid taste) and are much used in herbal medicine.