Honckenya peploides

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCaryophyllaceaeHonckenyaHonckenya peploides


H. peploides is a succulent perennial herb with creeping stolons that make it well adapted to growing in mobile substrates. It often occurs in abundance on shingle beaches and on shifting sand in foreshore communities. It is one of the pioneer colonists of open foredunes with plants such as Elytrigia juncea. Lowland.



World Distribution

Circumpolar Wide-boreal element, with a disjunct distribution.

Broad Habitats

Supralittoral sediment (strandlines, shingle, coastal dunes)

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 3

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.3

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.4

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1130

Life form information

Height (cm): 25

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 726

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 211

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 12

Atlas Change Index: -0.58

Weighted Changed Factor: 1

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (75c)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1983)
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.