A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula


Holly“Deck the halls with boughs of holly”…Perhaps the favourite plant for Christmas decorations, Holly is also one of our most familiar woodland shrubs. Look out for its evergreen leaves on The Lizard throughout the year.
Photo: Amanda Scott


Hottentot Fig gailhampshire from Cradley, Malvern, U.K / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)The bright pink and yellow flowers of Hottentot-fig look cheerful on sea cliffs in the summer, but this is an introduced and invasive species.
Photo: Gail Hampshire (Wikimedia Commons)


Ivy provides shelter and food for many species of invertebrates, birds and small mammals, so its autumn flowers are a welcome sight. Look out for it climbing up trees or carpeting woodland floors.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Jelly Ear

Jelly Ear, Josh Milburn (Wikimedia Commons)Jelly Ear fungus can be spotted in the autumn and right through winter. It is usually found on dead or dying Elder wood.
Photo: Josh Milburn via Wikimedia Commons

Kidney Vetch

Kidney Vetch (photo by Amanda Scott)

The books say Kidney Vetch blooms from June, but this is The Lizard, so it flowers from May. Look out for it on cliff tops and sand dunes from late spring through into summer.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Land Quillwort

Look out for the ‘Catherine Wheel’ leaf rosettes of Land Quillwort between autumn and spring, a plant that, in mainland Britain, is only found on The Lizard.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Lesser Celandine

The bright buttery glint of Lesser Celandine in the hedgerows and fields is a welcome early sign of spring. 
Photo: Steve Townsend


Lesser Centaury

Lesser Centaury, Centaurium pulchellum, The Lizard, CornwallLook for for Lesser Centaury in summer and early autumn along coastal clifftops.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Lesser Water-plantain

This pretty three-petalled plant can be found in the summer at the edges of water and in boggy puddles. Good places to look are Goonhilly, Windmill Farm and the Grochall Track down to Kynance.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Long-headed Clover

Long-headed Clover, one of the the Lizard’s clover specialities, flowers on the cliffs at Caerthillian in early summer.
Photo: Steve Townsend