Flora of Northern Ireland
Montia fontana
© Ian Dodkins
Montia fontana
© Ralph Forbes
Montia fontana
(Map updated: March 2008)

A tiny plant with even tinier white flowers which forms cushions or lawns in wet or sometimes dry places: on sand dunes, beside springs, in flushes, damp hollows etc. Very common.

It can be divided into four subspecies or varieties on the basis of the patterning of the seed coat. Most recorders have not recorded the subspecies, but it is probable that subsp. fontana is the commonest.

All names: Montia fontana L.