Information on Sand Spurrey

Common Name: Sand Spurrey
Scientific Name: Spergularia rubra
Irish Name: Cabróis dhuimhche
Family Group: Caryophyllaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Sand Spurrey could sometimes be confused with:

Sea-spurrey, Greater, Sea-spurrey, Lesser, Sea-spurrey, Rock,

This is a prostrate little plant which grows on open, dry, sandy ground. it has small flowers, 3-5mm across, which have 5 petals, pink but paler pink towards the base. The petals are slightly shorter than the sepals. There are 10 stamens. These pretty flowers are in loose cluster on sprawling stems. The leaves are grey-green, not fleshy. They are thin and pointed, stickily hairy above and with silvery lanceolate stipules. Sand Spurrey is a rare plant which is only occasionally found in the South East and the North of Ireland. It is an annual or biennial and belongs to the Pink family. 

I first recorded and photographed this little plant in 2012 near Lady's Island Lake in Co Wexford when it was pointed out to me by Paul Green, BSBI Vice-couonty Recorder for Counties Wexford and Waterford. 

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

Spurrey, Sand
Spurrey, Sand