Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Wild flowers in winter

As we enter the period of lowest daylight hours, it is interesting to see so many wild species of plant producing flowers. Over the past couple of days I have noticed several species in flower, including those in the image above - clock wise from the top: Cow Parsley Anthriscus sylvestris, Red Campion Silene dioica, Corn Marigold Chrysanthemum segetum, Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum, Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens, Common Figwort Scrophularia nodosa and Wood Avens Geum urbanum.

Other flowers noted were Dandelion Taraxacum agg., Pineappleweed Matricaria discoidea, Groundsel Senecio vulgaris, Daisy Bellis perennis, Winter heliotrope Petasites fragrans, Scentless Mayweed Tripleurospermum inodorum, Smooth Hawk's-beard Crepis capillaris, Selfheal Prunella vulgaris, Hogweed Heracleum sphondylium, Herb Robert Geranium robertianum, Wood Dock Rumex sanguineum and Sharp-leaved Fluellen Kickxia elatine.

It would be interesting to compile a list of plants seen flowering during these shortest days of the year, perhaps between now and the end of January - if other observers would be prepared to contribute via this blog?

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