Purple Dewplant - flower and leaves
2-toned petals and white stamens and anthers
Carpet of leaves with a few flowers (September)
Succulent, stubby leaves
Rounded Noon-flower, Round-leaved Pigface
March to July
It is mainly confined to Cornwall and the Scillies, but it can be
found elsewhere on the coast (Isle of White, Kent and Suffolk).
It carpets sea-cliffs on the Lizard peninsular .
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It is a neophyte, introduced into the UK from South Africa in
the 1720s, and first seen as a naturalised escape in the
Scillies in the 1930s.
It is classed in the UK as a non-native invasive alien, but it
has not been banned from sale by DEFRA.
The Global Compendium of Weeds describes it variously as
a cultivation escape, a garden thug and a naturalised weed.
Purple Dewplant is a perennial, low-growing, carpeting,
salt-tolerant, succulent herb, growing up to 30cm.
The daisy-like flowers are up to 5cm across and have
2-toned petals, white at the base and bright purple at the top.
The leaves are stubby and rounded (swollen-looking) and
dark green. They turn red and orange in the autumn.
The pictures shown here were taken on the Lizard in September,
when only a few flowers were out.
In the spring, the cliff-tops are carpeted with purple flowers.
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