Dave Cheetham (July)
This tree mallow was one of many to be seen dancing furiously in the high winds along the coastline of the Conwy Estuary this weekend. This plant was about a metre high and covered in beautiful purple flowers.
Tree mallow is biennial, which means it only lives for two seasons. It germinates and forms leaves in the first year before flowering and bearing fruit in the second year. At the end of the second year it dies off completely.
It is found in abundance where ever there are large numbers of sea birds as it thrives on the nitrogen-rich nutrients the soil absorbs from the birds droppings.
Originally from the Mediterranean, Tree Mallow is though to have been introduced to remote coastal areas by lighthouse keepers.