Cineraria in churchyard St. Marys, Scillies
Clusters of flowerheads on branched stems
Close-up of ray and disc florets
Opening disc florets
Flowerheads and leaves
April to July
It is found in the Scillies and mainland Cornwall, and parts
of the Midlands
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It is a neophyte, which was first cultivated in England in the
1770s as a hybrid between 2 plants from the Canaries,
Pericallis cruenta and P. Lanata.
It is widely grown indoors throughout the country and outdoors
in the South, from where it has escaped and become naturalised
in frost-free areas,
The naturalised escape grows on waste and open ground, by
pathways, in churchards and on walls.
Cineraria is a perennial, colourful herb, growing up to 80cm.
The flowers are in daisy-like flowerheads, up to 4cm across
and in large flat-topped clusters.
The ray florets are in a variety of colours - pink, blue, white,
red and purple.
The disc florets are darker.
Leaves are palmate and up to 20cm.
The stems are erect, branched and hairy
Cineraria is poisonous. It contains alkaloids, which can
damage the liver, kidneys, heart, brain, muscles and lungs.
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