The deep red stems of Sea Spurge on the sand dunes caught my eye this spring. These plants were found at Llangennith Burrows which backs onto the northern end of Rhossili Bay, Gower. It was rather a dull overcast day so it was especially cheering to see these patches of bright colour. Euphorbia paralias Linnaeus must be a very drought resistant plant to survive in this location.
There were small groups of Sea Spurge just putting on a growth spurt with the advent of a little warmer weather and lots of rain. They were mostly established around the edges of the Marram grass which topped the dunes. I saw this plant at the extreme eastern end of Whiteford Sands too.
It will be interesting to see what this plant looks like in a month or so when it is fully grown and in flower – and I visit Gower again.
Revision of a post first published 10 May 2009
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