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Very small blue flower

Observed: 13th June 2012 By: rpjg
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Description:

Tiny pale blue flower carpeting a lawn.

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Chalkie's picture

curious

I think I'll kick myself when someone identifies it - I really can't think what that is at all, sorry. Reminds me of Tritelia, but that's much bigger, and I think has 6 petals not 5.

Will Avery's picture

I've seen this in heath grassland in South Gloucs

It was on a path, so I suspect someone came out for a walk in muddy boots and brought it from their garden.

I've a nasty feeling we'll all be seeing more of it.

[Later correction: it was Sand Spurrey, not Pratia]

Chalkie's picture

well now I know what to look for

Interesting. I think I have come across it somewhere before, but not enough to feel bad about not recognising it!
Just looked it up in Stace, and Pratia angulata is mentioned, as 'becoming established in damp lawns, from NZ'.

This page http://www.paghat.com/pratia2.html suggests that the two are not the same plant, although some suggest that they are.

Finding it in heath grasslands is not so good. The website above says it's edible - perhaps we should eat it!

Will Avery's picture

I agree Stace / Pratia angulata looks correct

I'll take this as a useful reminder that I really should know better than to trust the names that most nurseries and gardeners use.