Plant profiles: Harebell
By: Annie Haycock
The harebell, also known as "bluebell" in Scotland, is a rather delicate, pale blue perennial wildflower. In 2004, it was declared the official County flower of Dumfriesshire (Scotland), Yorkshire (England) and County Antrim (Northern Ireland). Its name comes from an old folk belief that witches...
By: Annie Haycock
The tall, robust spikes of purple loosestrife commonly grow in wet ditches and pond margins. However, away from its native Europe and Asia, the plant has become a pest, spreading rapidly along waterways. The name lose-strife is said to be a literal translation of the...
Plant profiles: Rosebay Willowherb
By: Gemma L. Reece
From June to September, the countryside is patterned with swathes of pink courtesy of the plant Rosebay willowherb or Fireweed as it is also known, with flowers over a metre high, this striking plant is native throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere. It is sometimes considered...
Plant profiles: Rosebay Willowherb
By: Annie Haycock
The bright pink spikes of rosebay willowherb are a common sight on roadsides and waste ground from June to September. Its alternative name of Fireweed derives from its ability to very quickly colonise ground that has been burnt. It quickly colonised parts of European cities...
Plant profiles: Wood anemone
By: M. L. Kiser
Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia) is a flowering member of the 150 species of Ranunculaceae of the Buttercup family. Sometimes called Crowfoot, Windflower or Smell Fox, it thrives in shady woodland areas. It can be planted up very close to other types of later flowering shrubs...
Plant profiles: Larkspur
By: M. L. Kiser
Larkspur (Delphinium consolida) belongs to the buttercup family of Ranunculaceae perennials. Also called Lark's Heel. Lark's Toe. Lark's Claw. Knight's Spur. The name Delphinium, from Delphin (dolphin), was given to this genus because the buds resemble a dolphin. The name Consolida refers to the plant's...
Plant profiles: Marsh marigold
By: M. L. Kiser
Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) likes full sun to part shade. It can grow up to six to twelve inches tall and in wet soil to water that is six inches deep. Its generic name comes from the Greek "calathos" (a cup or goblet), describing the...
Plant profiles: Woody nightshade
By: M. L. Kiser
Woody Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara), is also known by the names Bittersweet nightshade, deadly nightshade, climbing nightshade. Pleasant berry, woody nightshade, bitter nightshade, scarlet berry, fellenwort, poison bittersweet, dulcamara, blue nightshade, European bittersweet, dwale, fever twig, morel, poison berry, poison flower, pushin-berry, skawcoo, snake berry, tether-devil...
Plant profiles: Herb Robert
By: M. L. Kiser
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) loves sun or shade with well-drained soil. Seeds can be sewn in autumn or spring. It self-seeds easily and is especially attractive grown around stepping-stones. If it is comfortable in your soil, it will return year after year. Commonly known as...
By: Fawn Parker
Everyone's heard of mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) at some point usually mentioned in movies when a fairy tale type Witch is brewing her potions, or mentioned in passing as something needing to be picked from the garden. Or maybe you've heard it called by one of...

 

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