Shetland mouse-ear Cerastium nigrescens
An attractive sight against the dark background of loose rocks near the sea.
Shetland mouse-ear is a grey-veined white flower with purplish, fleshy leaves. It was once thought to be synonymous with the Arctic mouse-ear but it is now recognised as a species in its own right.
Best time to see
When it flowers June-July.
County flower of Shetland.
Our northernmost county flower, entirely confined to the island of Unst, where it was discovered in 1837 by the young botanist Thomas Edmonston from Baltasound.