Sally-my-handsome, Bryher, Isle of Scilly
Petals, ring of stamens, central styles
Curved, 3-sided, succulent leaves
Leaves showing grey tinge
March to July
It is found on the Isles of Scilly
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway - Sally-my-handsome
It is a neophyte, introduced into England from South Africa in the early 1700s
and grown in the Scillies since the 1860s, where it has become naturalised.
The naturalised escape grows extensively on coastal cliffs, banks, rocks and sand.
Sally-my-handsome is a low-growing, succulent, carpet-forming herb,
growing up to 20cm.
Flowers are daisy-like with bright purple petals and are up to 5cm across.
The leaves are slightly curved, greyish, 3-sided and bigger at the apex.
The stems are procumbent, semi-woody and reach up to 1m.
It grows in similar habitats to Hottentot Fig (also March) and the 2 plants
are easy to confuse.
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