Pellitory-of-the-wall

Parietaria judaica

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About

Pellitory-of-the-wall is frequently found growing out of cracks in old walls and pavements, on cliffs and banks, and in hedges. It can often be found around old ruins and castles, for example, as well as on damp church walls. Clusters of tiny flowers appear from June to October. It is a foodplant for the caterpillars of the Red Admiral Butterfly.

How to identify

Pellitory-of-the-wall is a downy plant with oval, alternate leaves and small white flowers that form clusters close to its pinkish-red, sticky stem.

Where to find it

Found throughout the UK, but most common in southern and central England.

Habitats

When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

Many of our common, less showy plants are often overlooked; but they are still beneficial to wildlife, providing food and shelter for insects and, in turn, supporting the animals that feed on them. Try leaving wilder areas in your garden, such as patches of flowers on old walls and nettles near the compost heap, and see who comes to visit... To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Pellitory-of-the-wall
Latin name
Parietaria judaica
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 7cm
Conservation status
Common.