A walk in the woods
The Wild Flower Page

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Out for a drive

A walk in the woods

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First steps

Finding flowers




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Winter aconite Wood anemone Monks-hood
Silverweed: one of the commonest verge plants, with leaves covered in silver down. In the past the root was eaten and the herb has been used to remove freckles. 
Flowers June to August.
'The beauty among the Plantains.' In place of the dirty brown of the Ribwort, Hoary Plantain has a delicate, baby-pink fluff of anthers and silver haired leaves and stem. Frequent on lime grasslands. 
Flowers May to August.
So rare that it is unknown outside Cornwall and Scilly, Western Fumitory can nevertheless be found just growing by the (right) roadside! 
Flowers May to October.
Common cow-wheat Toothwort Chickweed wintergreen
An indelicate flower which can not be ignored. Lords-and- Ladies has dozens of local names, mostly to do with its venereal nature. The tubers made starch: altogether a 'stiffening' plant. 
Flowers April and May.
'Bunny-rabbits' is a prettier, Somerset, name for Toadflax, seeing the rabbit's mouth in the Snapdragon-type flower. The yellow flower suggested use as a diuretic in the past. 
Flowers July to October.
Rare plants have a certain glamour: those which are only infrequent may nonetheless have more interest. Alexanders was introduced, the 'parsley of Alexandria', in the Middle Ages, and is still infrequent away from the coast. 
Flowers April to June.