Thursday, 8 August 2013
Plants of the mallow family get around. Those of the marsh mallow variety, found often in Eastern Europe and North Africa, have roots that supply the confectionery ingredient. Tree or shrubby mallows (above) flourish in free draining soils in the full sun. However, the Bass mallow (below) is to be found luxuriating on the fertile soil of the Bass Rock, where 150,000 gannets keep the stony surfaces well-manured. This plant is also found on Ailsa Craig, on the western approach to the Clyde Estuary, and on Steep Holm, in the Bristol Channel.
Scottish Islands Explorer - found in off-shore, shallow waters