Coastal flowers around the St David's Peninsula

Carpets of flowers on the coast

Visit St David’s from spring to early autumn and you’ll spot a colourful collection of wild flowers painting the landscape.

Chief among the coastal flora is thrift, also known as sea pink, which you'll find growing along the coast path and in stone walls and hedgebanks. Visit in May to see it at its best.

From late July to October the coastal slopes are ablaze with shades of purple and gold from the western gorse and heather.

As the weather warms, you'll also see butterflies on the search for nectar, and lizards warming themselves in the spring sunshine.

Flowers you’re likely to see on your travels

  • Sea campion – it grows among the thrift and clings to hedgebanks and clifftops.
  • Cowslip – it’s become rarer in the countryside, but still does well along the coast.
  • English stonecrop – look for it in the natural rock gardens around the cliffs of St David's Head and in walls and hedgebanks by the coast path.