Cornwall's Plants & Flowers

If you are a botanist at heart, then Cornwall has plenty of flora and fauna for you to enjoy. Species vary from hardy plants on the wild north coast, while the south coast’s milder climate is perfect for more delicately-formed plant life.

In springtime, the violet-hued native bluebells call from the woodlands and hedgerows where you will find fine carpets of them, often interspersed with the heady aroma of wild garlic. In rocky areas, the cliffs are dotted with pink thrift and campion, creating an unforgettably colourful vision. Heather and sphagnum also thrive on moorland.

Cornish palm trees make you realise how mild the climate is with its sub-tropical conditions in some towns, whereas more exposed parts will offer sweet coconut-scented gorse and golden broom.

Flowers from other countries, like South Africa, will grow in Cornwall, such as the African lily or agapanthus with large flowerheads and trumpet shaped flowers bobbing around on long, vibrant green stems.

Trebah Garden provides some wonderful information on the year in flower in colourful Cornwall.