Your guide to flowers in Cornwall

It’s finally Spring! Enjoy Cornwall coming into bloom and the multitude of colours that will grace the coast path and many parts of the county’s inland areas of outstanding natural beauty. We’ve put together a guide of some of the stunning flowers to look out for. 

English Stonecrop (Sedum anglicum)

This white star-like flower can be found on the undulant cliffs upon which the 270 miles of South West Coast Path sits. ‘Sedum’ the genus name, is a reference to the latinate ‘sedentary’ alluding to the flower’s earth-hugging nature. You’ll find this flower latching onto rocks and in dry areas such as in the crevices of stone walls and quarries.

The beautiful English Stonecrop (Sedum anglicum) growing wild in white star shaped flower.

Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis ulneraria)

Characterised by its yellow flowers with an orange tint that can be found in their dense heads. You will find these on rocky areas of the SW Coast path.

Kidney Vetch - Anthyllis vulneraria Yellow flower head

Bird’s Foot Trefoil (Eggs and Bacon- Lotus corniculatus)

Prostrate plant with a droopy stem. The seed pods are often described as resembling a bird’s foot. Produces pea-like yellow and orange flowers. These flowers are very common across Cornwall, particularly along the coast.

Common Bird's-foot Trefoil - Lotus corniculatus Orange form

Hedgegrow Cranesbill (geranium pyrenaicum)

This pink-leaved flower populates grassland and hedgerow across Cornwall. Sparsely hairy and is often mistaken for geranium dissectum which possesses more deeply cut leaves.

Hedgerow Crane's-bill - Geranium pyrenaicum Hedgerow Cranesbill - Geranium pyrenaicum Small pink flower

Thrift or Sea Pink (Armeria maritima)

Sea pinks have beautiful pink heads that contrast with their deep green stalks and sit beside the azure waters of the Cornish coastline. Blooms can also be red and white.

Growing clump of Sea pink Armeria maritima or thrift United Kingdom.

White Clover (Trifolium)

Inhabiting grasslands of all types, white clovers have white sphere-like heads that sit on long, thin green stems. A great variety of clovers grow all around Cornwall so a specialist field guide is a handy resource to have whilst walking around Cornwall – they can be confused with Red Clovers which are defined by their reddish-purple head colour.

White clover flowers in spring - photo with shallow depth of field. The white clover on a meadow. Flower of white clover ** Note: Soft Focus at 100%, best at smaller sizes

Common Storksbill (cicutairium)

If you’re exploring the sand dunes, you are likely to come across this flower. A tactile plant, they are sometimes sticky to touch, with hairy stalks and a purple, white or pink bloom.

Closeup of a pink blossoming common stork's-bill or Erodium cicutarium plant in its own natural habitat in a Dutch nature area.

Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

This time of year is a goldmine where bluebells are concerned. The Cornish woodland transforms into a bed of bluebells from mid-April – a stunning sight to behold. They are easily recognisable due to their violet-blue tubular-style heads. A much-loved and popular flower.

bluebells wildflower macro detail. Hyacinthoides non-scripta or bluebell is a beautiful blue violet spring flowers growing in carpet on the forest floor.

Spring Squill (Scilla verna)

Spring Squill was reclassified as a member of the Asparagus family, previously included in the Lily family. Sadly their populations are in decline but you will still find them along the coastline in Cornwall, as they are a friend of the sea spray. Etymologically, ‘verna’ derives from the latin term for ‘spring’ which is when you will see these purpley-white flowers appear.

Flowers of Wood squill Scilla siberica in spring forest. Closeup

Please get in touch if you would like to come and stay with us. The Point at Polzeath has fantastic on-site facilities and things to do when you’re not out discovering the beautiful flowers of Cornwall. The accommodation we offer can be viewed here.