Hoary Cress, Lepidium draba, on the clifftop at Osmington Bay in Dorset. Just by the cliff-top car park near the Smugglers Inn in late May, the ground was clothed with masses of these white-flowered plants. Hoary Cress is an introduced species to Britain but can be locally quite abundant. It loves to colonise disturbed ground – so I guess that’s why it was growing by the car park. The plant has frothy clusters of tiny white flowers at the top of the stems which are wrapped around by lanceolate (spear-shaped) grey-green leaves.
Revision of a post first published 20 June 2009
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