Sand Crocus

Sand Crocus - Lindsay PyneSand Crocus - Lindsay Pyne

Latin name: Romulea columnae

This delightfully diminutive flower (it is barely 1cm tall so you may need to lie on your tummy to see it properly) can be seen in bright sunshine in Alderney’s short coastal grasslands during April. With only 2 known sites, this plant is nationally rare in the UK, but relatively common in the Channel Islands.  Look for it along the east coastal track near Houmet Herbe or on the main coastal track from Essex towards St Anne.

Status in Alderney:  Scarce

Status in UK: Nationally Rare

Status Worldwide (IUCN Red List): Vulnerable