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.

Distribution

Shetland Isles.

Habitat

Serpentine rocks.

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.