Common centaury – Centaurium erthraea. You’ll find these mainly on the dunes and the edges of the forest.
Pink flowers are bursting open throughout the forest and the warren. Here are just a few:
Sea bindweed – Calystegia soldanella. Sea bindweed and field bindweed both have pink and white flowers, but on sea bindweed they are always mainly pink, with a white stripe. Sea bindweed also has fleshier leaves that are more rounded (similar to celandine leaves in a way). As the name says – it grows by the sea!
Field bindweed flower – Convolvulus arvensis – is found further inland.
Bog pimpernel – Anagalis tenella – keeps very low to the ground and has tiny rounded leaves. You’ll find it on Newborough Warren.
Restharrow (Ononis repens): the English name comes from the tangle or roots and stems that used to make ploughing difficult. This is an incredibly tough plant – you can find it just about anywhere. Its roots taste slightly of liquorice, hence it is sometimes called wild liquorice (but there are other wild liquorices too).
Dog rose – Rosa canina – grow throughout the forest.
And there may be no mountains, but the wild thyme still grows around the blooming heather…:)