Plants along the cliff

In the limy soil at Stevns Klint, rare, colourful and edible plants thrive. Some are beautiful, but unwanted. They all have different strategies for surviving when the seasons change.

By the footpath that runs along Stevns Klint, you can see many wild plants that are completely unique to the nature by the edge of the cliff. The white cliff below Stevns consists of chalk and limestone, which make the soil by Stevns Klint particularly useful to plants such as the rare fern Moonwort and the small colourful yellow Anthyllis, which both grow in Holtug Chalk Quarry.

The Knapweed Broomrape is among the rarest plants in Denmark, but by the limestone pastures at Mandehoved you can see lots of them. This is because rare plants rarely grow alone. If they find a good spot, they generally tend to spread quickly.

Rare plants may disappear for many different reasons. One of the reasons may be that unwanted garden plants, such as the beautiful blue Lupin, find their way into nature. Garden plants can be very aggressive and will simply steal nourishment, light and space from wild plants.

Plants in nature can also contribute to our kitchens. Along Stevns Klint, you can find common herbs such as Marjoram and small, edible wild carrots, but also more special plants such as Ramson, which during spring emits a strong smell of garlic.

However, you should never pick plants, mushrooms or fruit if you are in the least bit of doubt as to what they are.