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Posted: Thursday 2nd April 2020 by trustadmin

My second plant is a bit more challenging: this is the Sand Crocus. This very beautiful but tiny flower can be seen in Alderney’s short coastal grasslands during late March and April. It looks like a miniature crocus, with pointed pale purple petals and yellow anthers, but you will only see these in bright sunshine.


There are lots around in the short coastal turf right now but you really need to get your eye in – and possibly even lie on your tummy to see it properly as it is barely 1cm tall! Try looking for it on the Mannez Garenne, along the coastal track from the Impot westwards, in the grassland above the Wildlife Bunker or along the Millennium Path.


This plant is one of Alderney’s specialties – it is nationally rare in the UK, with apparently only 2 known sites in England, but it is relatively common in the Channel Islands and locally abundant on Alderney.
 

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