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Winter aconite Wood anemone Monks-hood
By no means common, Winter Aconite flowers early but the flowers only open if the temperature is over 10 degrees centigrade. A garden introduction, it has found its way into some woods. 
Flowers January to March..

Like most woodland flowers, Wood Anemone flowers early to enjoy the spring sunlight before it is cut off by the opening leaves on the trees. The often unseen back of the petals is sometimes blushed with pink. 
Flowers March and April.

One of the most poisonous of British plants, Monks-hood is found, rarely, in damp woods in south-west Britain. The deep hood protects the nectaries. 
Flowers May to September.

Common cow-wheat Toothwort Chickweed wintergreen
An annual of open woodland and scrub, Common Cow-wheat is widely distributed throughout Britain. In the sixteenth century the flour 'mightily provoketh venerie'. 
Flowers May to September.

An unhealthy pallid pink, Toothwort is known in Yorkshire as 'corpse-flower'. It lives entirely by parasitising hazel, elm and other roots and so has no green chlorophyll like other plants. 
Flowers April and May.

Chickweed Wintergreen is a delightful, starry flower, rare in northern England but frequent in mossy Scottish pinewoods and on moors. It is, however, neither a chickweed nor a wintergreen! 
Flowers June and July.