Information on Three-nerved Sandwort

Common Name: Three-nerved Sandwort
Scientific Name: Moehringia trinervia
Irish Name: Gaineamhlus féitheach
Family Group: Caryophyllaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Three-nerved Sandwort is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.


Straggling annual which grows to 40cm. Small white flowers, 5-6mm across with 5 undivided petals, on long stalks; sepals, which have white margins are longer than petals. The leaves are ovate and slightly downy, with 3-5 distinctive veins on each leaf; the stems are hairy all round. A native plant, it grows in undisturbed woodlands & on rich soils. It is frequently found except for Connacht. It belongs to the Pink family.

I first recorded this little plant in 2011 in Inistioge, Co Kilkenny

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Sandwort, Three-nerved
Sandwort, Three-nerved