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Danish Scurvy Grass (Brassicaceae) of the UK

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Danish Scurvy Grass:

UK Status: Resident.

Flowering Period: February until early summer with white to pinkish flowers.

Appx Height: Up to 40cm.

Habitat: This plant despite it's name,  is actually a native to the UK. It likes salty areas, and is very much a coastal plant. It is also found on inland salt marshes, and other suitably salty locations, such as roadside verges in the salt splash zone. Sailor's on coming ashore used to eat this plant to avoid Scurvy, a Vitamin C deficiency.

Comment: In the British Isles this plant is quite common and widespread. It is becoming more common inland due to it's high salt tolerance, and to the regular salting of roads during the winter months.

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