noun (plural spurreys or spurries)
A small widely distributed plant of the pink family, with pink or white flowers.
- Genera Spergula and Spergularia, family Caryophyllaceae: several species, in particular corn spurrey (Spergula arvensis), a spindly weed of cornfields, and sand spurrey (Spergularia rubra), of sandy and gravelly soils.
- Corn spurrey is eaten avidly by many animals, particularly sheep, and has been included in seed mixtures.
- Once pastures and turf are well established, the spurrey usually cannot establish from seed due to competition.
- Some of these have been introduced to this site but they are all grown from local Ryedale seed, and the pimpernel and corn spurrey at least appeared by themselves.
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