Glaucium flavum

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaPapaveraceaeGlauciumGlaucium flavum


A short-lived perennial herb of shingle banks and stony beaches; also, more rarely, amongst loose rock and on eroding cliffs of sand and clay, and on the bare tops of chalk cliffs. The few inland records are of casual occurrences. Lowland.



World Distribution

Mediterranean-Atlantic element; widely naturalised outside its native range.

© P. Shannon

Broad Habitats

Supralittoral sediment (strandlines, shingle, coastal dunes)

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 3

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.7

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.5

Annual Precipitation (mm): 933

Height (cm): 90

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 296

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 64

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 8

Atlas Change Index: -0.39

JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (30a)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1991)
Scott (1963b)