Westcountry Wildlife

Coltsfoot – Tussilago Farfara

There are several different yellow flowered wildflowers in the UK that can be easily confused with the familiar dandelion. Coltsfoot is one of the more easily recognisable look-alikes. As you can see below, the flowers have rather longer radial petals, and the flower heads quite often droop to face downwards. Both the leaves and seed…

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4th June 2018

Dog Violet – Viola Riviniana

Violets all have a very pretty distinctively shaped flower, and the most common one you’re likely to see out and about is the Dog Violet, Viola riviniana. It can be distinguished from the Sweet Violet by its lack of smell, while the less common Marsh Violet has a far drabber, paler flower. Dog violet is a…

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29th May 2018

Wood Sorrel – Oxalis Acetosella

Wood sorrel has to be one of my favourite woodland wildflowers, and it can look really rather magical growing out of a moss covered fork in a tree. The floppy trefoil leaves are every bit as distinctive as the pretty purple veined white flowers. As the latin name Oxalis acetosella suggests, these have a sour, acidic…

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29th May 2018

Yellow Archangel – Lamium Galeobdolon

Yellow archangel is a member of the dead-nettle family, and can be found along hedgerows and in woodlands, where it tends to favour damp ground. Traditional woodland management, where sections or coupes are periodically coppiced to let light through the canopy, is highly beneficial for this and many other species of woodland wildflower. The plant…

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21st May 2018

Lesser Celandine – Ranunculus Ficaria

Lesser Celandine is one of the first wildflowers to emerge in the spring time, and it’s also one of the most cheering ones to see poking up through the greenery after a long winter. It is a member of the buttercup family, as you might guess from the bright yellow flowers… unlike Greater Celandine, which…

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21st May 2018