Crosswort Cruciata laevipes

Best Time to See
Habitat Grassland

A flower of the waysides, crosswort is often found along road verges, footpaths and railway embankments.

It's name derives from the cross-like arrangement of its leaves along its stem. When in bloom they are filled with frothy yellow flowers that smell of honey.


Found growing across England, Wales and southern Scotland. It is rarer in Cornwall, west Wales and northern Scotland.


Any wayside verge such as roadsides, cycle paths, hedgerows, and railway embankments. Also found in meadows and other grassland areas. Crosswort prefers calcareous soils.

Best time to see

In May and June when its frothy yellow flowers bloom.