Eryngium campestre

Range & Status

An European Southern-temperate species, which is at the edge of its range in Britain. Probably native in Kent, doubtful elsewhere (Stace, 1997); the south-west has ancient native sites and strong populations (FitzGerald, 1990).

Regional Distribution

Found in one small area at a single site at Pentire on the north coast (SW97). In 2008 there were about thirty plants present.

Habitat & Ecology

Dry grassy places, usually near the coast. It grows in a field at Pentire.


Scrub invasion, overgrazing, change of land use such as ploughing.


The Cornish site is managed and monitored by the National Trust.