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Wales Beach Guide

White Rock-rose (Helianthemum apenninum)

Plants with white flowers
Common Scurvy GrassDanish Scurvy Grass
Prickly SaltwortRock Samphire
Sea AsterSea Mouse-ear
Sea CampionSea Carrot
Sea KaleSea Rocket
DewberryBurnet Rose
White Rock-rose
Wood Sage
Plants with yellow flowers
Common Rock-roseHoary Rock-rose
Golden SamphireYellow Horned Poppy
Field FleawortSea purslane
Wild Cabbage
Plants with red or pink flowers
Beach RoseGreater Sea Spurrey
Red ValerianCommon Storksbill
Sand SpurreySea Bindweed
Sea PinkHounds Tongue
Common CentaurySpear-leaved Orache
Tree 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
Grasses & Shrubs
Marram GrassLyme Grass
Sea Buckthorn
White Rock-rose

The White Rock-rose is quite a rare plant, only growing in a few coastal locations in Somerset and Devon - Brean Down in Somerset being one of its strongholds. The 5-petalled white flowers are about an inch wide, have a yellow centre and can be seen from May until July. The leaves are long and lanceolate with a deep groove along the centre, and are covered with a greyish down.