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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Lobelia urens - Heath Lobelia

Range & Status

Native; an oceanic Southern-Temperate perennial. It grows in southern Britain; in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex.

Regional Distribution

Very rare in Cornwall, occurring at only one site near Lostwithiel, at Redlake Meadows (SX15), although it was previously known from one other nearby. It has also been introduced to Ventongimps Moor (SW75), where it persists in small numbers.

Habitat & Ecology

In rough damp pasture, acid grassland and rather heathy places.


Scrub encroachment, however, the Redlake Meadows site is managed for this species and the population is thriving.


Redlake Meadows is a Cornwall Wildlife Trust nature reserve.

Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.