Landscape Wildflowers of the Cliffs of Moher

By Aashima

Ireland’s rugged landscapes are adorned with pastel hues of Cliffs of Moher flowers, each adding its own touch to the breathtaking scenery.

These beautiful blooms have been immortalized in Irish history paintings. 

These plants aren’t just visually stunning but also possess healing properties for people and animals alike.

They have a deep connection with Celtic mythology, passed down through generations.

Samhain, Beltane, Imbolg, and Lughnasa are celebrated each season with native Irish plants and flowers.

What makes Cliffs of Moher flowers and plants interesting

flowers and plants
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With 700+ species of flowers, the Burren and Geopark nurture 75% of Ireland’s native flora, surpassing abundance in the region. 

The abundance of wild plants in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark shapes its botanical legacy.

This unique diversity results from the region’s geological history, as glaciers once covered the entire area during the last ice age.

When milder conditions prevailed, plant species from southern, warmer regions migrated and established themselves here, creating a rich and diverse ecosystem.

Cliffs of Moher flowers and their specialty

Moher flowers and their specialty
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Some Cliffs of Moher flowers and plants look beautiful and have medicinal uses.

They have been used historically to treat different diseases.

  • Wild Thyme

    They are small pink flowers with aromatic leaves, also known for their antiseptic and expectorant properties, often used in herbal teas for respiratory health.

  • Marsh Marigold

    It is a small flower with yellow petals. This plant has been used in traditional herbal medicine for skin conditions.

  • Sheep’s bit

    It has bright blue, rounded flowers arranged in a compact head. It is a disinfectant, has blood-stopping properties, and normalizes blood pressure.

  • Sea Mayweed

    They are daisy-like flowers found on cliffs and dunes. They are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are used in soothing teas.

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Saving Plants and Flowers at the Cliffs of Moher

Saving Plants and Flowers
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Over the years, some species have experienced a decline due to changing agricultural practices, drainage schemes, overgrazing, and the mowing of roadside verges. 

To save the botanical legacy of this place, Ireland introduced the Flora Protection Order (FPO) under the Wildlife Act 1976 to protect the rarest species and habitats.

Similarly, damaging their habitats is prohibited, except with a license. The FPO strictly protects 68 plant species to preserve Ireland’s precious flora.

Burren flowers: Cliffs of Moher

Burren flowers
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The Burren, which includes the Cliffs of Moher, has been designated as a ‘Special Area of Conservation’ under the EU Habitats Directive.

This directive aims to conserve biodiversity by protecting threatened habitats and species within the EU territory.

It represents one of the most crucial legislative measures for preserving Europe’s biodiversity.

Also, Burren’s inclusion highlights its significance as an ecologically sensitive and unique region.

The Cliffs of Moher and the Burren are botanical wonders and vital havens for wildlife and the ecosystem.

Preserving these habitats is essential for maintaining the ecological balance and conserving this region’s unique plant and animal life.

FAQ’s

What plants are at the Cliffs of Moher?

The Cliffs of Moher have various Orchids, Ferns, Wild Thyme, Mosses, and Lichens species.

It also has Sea Campion, Sea Pink, Sea Mayweed, Bird’s-foot Trefoil, and Rock Samphire, a coastal plant with edible leaves and small yellow-green flowers.

What rare flowers are in the Burren?

This area also has many rare flowers, including Bee Orchids, Lady’s Tresses, Fly Orchids, Irish Orchids, Lesser Butterfly Orchids, etc.

What are the first flowers in Ireland?

Primroses are one of the first flowering buds in Ireland.

With light yellow petals and a sunshine-yellow center, primroses are among the first signs of spring in Irish woodlands.

They are also an important early source of nectar for butterflies.

 What flowers bloom in May in Ireland?

Some flowers blooming in May in Ireland are Bluebells, Primroses, Marsh Marigolds, and Cowslips.

Cuckoo Flowers, Red Campion, Herb Robert, Dog Violets, Forget-Me-Nots, and Wild Garlic blossom during May, creating a colorful and vibrant landscape.

 What makes the Cliffs of Moher unique?

The fact that the Cliffs of Moher are over 300 million years old makes them unique.

It is also a prime bird-watching location and is famously known for the 700+ varieties of plants and wildflowers growing around the cliffs.

 

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Aashima is an avid traveler who seeks out thrills and lives a simple, peaceful life. Bright clear skies are her calling.