Malcolmia littorea. Alhelí de mar. Cruciferae.
Wild flowers are generally unknown nowadays since they do not necessarily belong to the commercial catalogues of cultivars, native or not, present in the urban plant outlets that deal in the very profitable international gardening business (*). But beautiful as they are, native plants are very important for the local biodiversity. The protection and survival of wild species and subspecies is crucial in the food chain as well as for the climate sustainability. This plant flowers from February to June along the Iberian Atlantic coasts as well as in the Southern Mediterranean coastal dunes of Spain. In the coast of Asturias, Atlantic North of Spain, it is considered almost extinct and catalogued accordingly for protection.
Dune Flora and vegetation of La Barrosa Beach, Chiclana (Cádiz). April. 2/8
(*) A commercial variety of this plant, called Malcolmia maritima, is being cultivated and marketed out of its ornamental values.