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Did you know that, whilst this beautiful flower is locally common in narrow crevices on the upper cliffs between Pwlldu Head and Rhossili, Yellow Whitlow-grass (Draba aizoides) occurs nowhere else in Britain?* The plant was reported growing wild on the walls and rocks around Pennard Castle back in 1803 and still grows on the castle to this day.

Interestingly these plants were alleged to cure “whitlows”, a painful inflammation of the finger or toe. But please, do not be tempted to pick them!

*For further reading: “Gower” Jonathan Mullard, 2006. Collins

Photograph taken by: Ursula Jones, Communities and Nature Project Officer, Gower AONB on 17th February 2022

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