Common Name:               Navelwort

Scientific Name:               Umbilicus rupestris

Irish Name:         Cornán caisil

Family Group:    Crassulaceae

Distinctive, hairless perennial of walls, cliffs and stony banks, this plant, often found in shady places, was so named as each round, fleshy leaf seems to have a little ‘navel’ in its centre.  Its drooping, bell-shaped greenish-white flowers grow in spikes on pinkish, rounded stems and are seen from June to September. Despite being unassuming flowers these are attractive to Bumblebees. A native plant, it is also sometimes known as ‘Pennywort’ and is widespread throughout Ireland.

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