Nottingham catchfly Silene nutans

Best Time to See
Habitat Coastal

A pinkish-white wildflower with hairy leaves that fills the evening air with a heavy scent in order to attract night-flying insects and moths. It is so-named because it was first found on the walls of Nottingham Castle although, alas, it no longer grows there (see County flower info below).


Limestone rocks and banks and coastal shingle.

Best time to see

Flowers from May to July.

County flower of Nottingham.

Sadly, you can no longer find Nottingham catchfly in Nottingham: the best-known site, on the walls of Nottingham Castle, was destroyed during work done in the 19th century.