At First Blush

Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta)
The beautiful pink flowers of Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta).

Earlier this week I headed out to Woodhus Slough to do some birdwatching and ended up botanizing instead. The slough provides access to a number of different kinds of habitats, and thus different plant communities. This week, the gravel dyke that separates the slough from the ocean was in full bloom. I found a beautiful patch of pink Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta) growing on the gravelly west facing slope.

Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta)
A small section of the patch of Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta) at Woodhus Slough.

I had just enough time to take a few photographs before the clouds that had been threatening rain unleashed a deluge. The flower display was so fantastic that I’m definitely going to make an effort to return when the weather is a little more stable and I have more time to enjoy the wildflowers.

Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta)
A sea of pink Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta).

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