Roadside scurvy grass

Roadside scurvy grass

Scurvy grass seen in close-up. The flowers are tiny – the plants are perhaps an inch high. Look for them right by the side of main roads, no more than an inch or two from the tarmac. The plants are halophiles, growing in environments high in salt.

They have spread in Britiain in the last fifty or sixty years, living in the zone splashed by the run-off from the winter gritting of roads. Their spead has also been aided by the draughts from passing traffic.