Wildflowers in the Burren

The Burren, County Clare, Ireland

The exposed limestone landscape that covers 250 square kilometres (155 square miles) of County Clare, Ireland, is often described as desolate or as a moonscape. In the mid-1600s Edmund Ludlow described it as, “a country where there is not enough water to drown a man, wood enough to hang one, nor earth enough to bury him… and yet their cattle are very fat; for the grass growing in turfs of earth, of two or three foot square, that lie between the rocks, which are of limestone, is very sweet and nourishing.

The description holds true today, and anyone who visits the area and takes even a short walk along the rocky expanse will discover an abundance of plants growing in the cracks and crevices (known as “crikes”). The unique combination of weather and stone delivers conditions that support arctic, Mediterranean and alpine plants that grow side-by-side.

Start your plans for visiting County Clare at www.clare.ie.

Author: Corey

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  1. beautiful! Something similar happens here in the Rockies, I think. The prettiest little flowers find ways to grow out of jagged rocks.

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  2. I have some great pics of the flowers in the Burren from my trip in 07, would like to get back and take some more.

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