One of the unique features of Gower is the broad diversity offered by the landscape which means that most of the plants observed across the British Isles can be somewhere within the relatively small area of the peninsula.
The wild flowers which decorate the Gower Peninsula offer a myriad splendours for the countryside walker to take delight in. As beautiful and vibrant as cut precious gemstones, these treasures lighten the spirit, not the pocket. Enticing wonder from the most world-weary of eyes, their magnificent, yet delicate, colours offer displays too transient to be spoiled by boredom or over familiarity.
Our ancestors held a deep fascination and respect for the wild flowers and herbs which decorated their world. Not only did they bring beauty to the countryside about them, they also provided flavour for their meals and medicines for their bodies.
Indeed, people were so in awe of the properties of some of these plants that they imbued them with supernatural attributes, believing them to be manifestations from the Faery Realm or that they held links with saints or devils.
This enchantment of wildflowers and herbs gave plants a degree of respect that now seems lost in the 21st century. Indeed, many of the flowers that will be explored on the following links are more commonly termed 'weeds' today.
Alongside the more common plants Gower is also home to rarer species, such as:
- 'Isle of Man cabbage' at Three Cliffs Bay
- Rock whitebeam at Crawley cliff
- Yellow whitlow grass (only found in Gower)
- Common and hoary rock roses
- Small rest harrow
- Spiked speedwell
- Rock hutchinsia
- Spring cinquefoil
- Spring squill
- Golden samphire
- Sea asparagus