Common plants – edges and hedges

These species are commonly found growing at the side of paths and buildings and at the foot of hedges. Keep an eye out in other places too, though, because they grow in other places as well.

Geum urbanum (wood avens)
Small, yellow, 5-petalled flowers
Leaves divided into leaflets
Family: Rosaceae

Geranium robertianum (herb Robert)
Small, pink, 5-petalled flowers
Leaves much divided
Stems and leaves often red-tinged
Family: Geraniaceae

Galium aparine (sticky willie)
Leaves in whorls
Tiny white flowers
Tiny hooks stick to clothes and feel ‘sticky’
Family: Rubiaceae

Plantago lanceolata (ribwort plantain)
Leaves longer than they are wide
Prominent rib-like leaf veins
Flowerheads on long stems
Family: Plantaginaceae

Download this sheet here
Collect data for the Botanical Society of Scotland Urban Flora of Scotland Project
© Heather Forbes/BSS

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