“The World, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Romney Marsh.”

Flowers and Plants on Romney Marsh

The rich and varied habitat on Romney Marsh gives rise to numerous species of flowers and plants, some of which are shown below:

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 Red Valerian

 

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Evening Primrose

There are many varieties of Evening Primrose; this is the Common Evening Primrose that grows in the wild.  It is a hardy plant that likes full exposure to the sun.  

It is a biennial (this means it takes 2 years to complete its biological life cycle) and grows to approximately 1.5m tall.

The fragrant yellow flowers have only 4 petals and are approxmately 5cm across.   The blooms open at dusk, hence their name!  They start as pale yellow, becoming more golden as they age through the night and they close by sunrise.  They flower in the summer and autumn.  

Common Evening Primrose can be seen widely across Romney Marsh, particularly on Greatstone Dunes and at Dungeness Nature Reserve

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Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose

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Red Valerian

The Red Valerian plant is originally from the Mediterranean; it was introduced into gardens in the 17th century, however, it 'escaped' and became commonplace in the wild.  it can be seen growing on the roadside, railways, rocks and urban wasteland.  It is very distinctive with its cluster of small deep pink flowers on a tall stem.

It is perennial (this means that it lives for more than 2 years).  

The individual flowers, with 5 fused petals, are only about 2cm long and 5mm across, but they flower in dense clusters forming an almost cylindrical head. It flowers from April to Ocober.  

The Red Valerain blooms have a strong and unpleasant scent, but they are a good source of nectar for bees, butterflies and moths.

Although an attractive plant, it can become invasive and cause considerable damage, with roots that can be hard to get rid of.  

The Red Valerian can be seen across the Romney Marsh area 

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Red Valerian

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