There is a small patch of pyramidal orchids where the coast path passes South Milton Ley nature reserve,
and swathes of greater knapweed with occasional agrimony.
A solitary specimen of black horehound in the hedge opposite the cafe at South Milton sands. The leaves emit a pungent smell when crushed.
Prickly blue sea holly is related to the more common wild carrot.
Other plants well adapted to sand dune life are common restharrow, rock samphire, sea bindweed, and thrift.
The seaside hedgerows have pellitory-of-the-wall, dove’s foot and cut-leaved cranesbills, bittersweet, creeping cinquefoil, wood sage and honeysuckle.
Seaside cabbages. I’m not 100% sure of my identifications, but here’s a rough guide. All with yellow flowers, sea radish has flowers with widely spaced petals and distinctive beaded seed pods, charlock has oval leaves with a pair of leaflets at the base, black mustard has seed pods held close to the stem. Sea rocket has fleshy leaves and white or lilac flowers.
There are several species of daisy too: large, shaggy, yellow flowers of perennial sowthistle, common fleabane, and bristly oxtongue.
Less welcome are several non-native garden species invading the fragile sand dunes: Japanese rose (Rosa rugosa) which is often used in amenity landscaping in towns, sea daisy, garden honeysuckle, and purple toadflax.
There are musk and spear thistles and marsh woundwort in the car park field and bordering the pond opposite South Milton sands. Note the flattened flowers of the beautifully scented musk thistle.
A hoverfly mimicking a bee: