Sagina procumbens

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCaryophyllaceaeSaginaSagina procumbens


Natural habitats of this mat-forming perennial include rocks, cliffs and river-banks, but it also grows in a wide variety of artificial, disturbed and fertile habitats, including spoil heaps, mining waste, paths, roadside verges and urban pavements. It is a common weed of horticulture, especially in lawns, and is a particular nuisance in pots. The plant is tolerant of a wide range of soils and can stand heavy trampling. 0-1150 m (E. Scottish Highlands).



World Distribution

Eurosiberian Boreo-temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 1

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.4

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1106

Height (cm): 20

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Clonality - secondary

Shortly creeping and rooting at nodes

Comment on Clonality

rooting of prostrate stems may occasionally result in clonal patches (CPE)

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2788

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 951

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 14

Atlas Change Index: 1.28

Weighted Changed Factor: 18

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (73a)
Grime JP, Hodgson JG, Hunt R
1988.  Comparative Plant Ecology.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1983)
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.