Friday, 29 May 2009
If I were to choose one plant to be the Flower of the Outer Hebrides it would be the Thrift (Armeria maritima).
Thrift, also called sea-pink, is a very common, conspicuous and beautiful member of the coastal floras. The plant can be found in the wild in coastal areas across the Northern Hemisphere, especially in Europe, but also occurs in parts of South America.
It can grow in dry, sandy, saline conditions such as those at beaches as well as on salt marshes.
It is also found on the machair of the Hebrides where it can form dense carpets like this one.
Cultivated varieties can also be found.