This is a plant of the salt marsh and tends to grow with Plantago maritima (Sea Plantain) with which it can easily be confused. Sea plantain though, has continuous flowering spike with no easily visible separations between the flowering parts. Also the flowering heads of P. maritima which flower in late summer rather than late Spring, droop at first. T. maritimum is a purely coastal plant occurring throughout the British Isles but only rarely inland. In spite of the grass like leaves it isn't a grass.
Red Rocks, Wirral, 29th April 2005
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Added on December 13th 2005