Common plants – verges and waste ground

These species are commonly found growing on embankments and on disturbed ground. Keep an eye out in other places too, though, because they grow in other habitats as well.

Heracleum sphondylium (Hogweed)
Umbrella-shaped clusters of creamy flowers
Large lobed leaves
Tall, straight stems
Family: Apiaceae

Chamaenerion angustifolium (rosebay willowherb)
Spikes of pink flowers
Long seed pods and fluffy seeds
Tends to grow in groups
Family: Onagraceae

Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd’s-purse)
Small, white, 4-petalled flowers
Long flower stalks
Heart-shaped fruits
Family: Brassicaceae

Digitalis purpurea (foxglove)
Tubular, magenta flowers with spots
Basal rosette of leaves
Green seed capsules
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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