Common plants – edges and hedges (part 2)

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. Here we look at chickweed, garlic mustard, white dead-nettle and stinging nettle.

Plant of the Week – 16th August 2021 – Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara)

The nightshade family, Solanaceae, is a family of around 3000 species, known for its important edible species and infamous for its toxic species. There aren’t many Solanaceae species native to the UK, and the most widespread of these is Solanum dulcamara, bittersweet or woody nightshade.

Plant of the Week – 12th April 2021 – Ramsons (Allium ursinum)

Following on from last week’s Plant of the Week, we look at another member of the Allium family: ramsons, Allium ursinum, currently well on its way to full leaf and soon to come into flower.

Plant of the Week – 16 November – Alder tongue (Taphrina alni) (fungus)

At this time of year it’s easy to see the cones on the almost-leafless alder trees. This year’s immature greenish-yellow cones are visible alongside last year’s open brown ones. The sight of these cones are likely familiar to many and, as such, it can be easy to walk past the trees without paying too much attention to them – but it is worth stopping next time and having a closer look. You might find a dried, brown, twisted shape emerging from some of those cones. These are clearly not part of the tree – so what are they?

Common plants – garden escapes

These species are commonly found growing at the side of paths, roads and other places near human habitation. They are introduced plants that have escaped from cultivation. Here we look at Welsh poppy, yellow archangel, lady’s-mantle and purple toadflax.