What’s that string of bright red, waxy berries in the hedge?
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The hedgerows in Cornwall are full of different fruits at this time of year. The strings of bright red, wet-looking berries are Black Bryony. The berries are very noticeable, unlike the small, insignificant flowers seen earlier in the year in … Read More

Water-pepper at Argal Reservoir near Falmouth
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The water is low at Argal Reservoir near Falmouth at the moment. The margins are covered in Water-pepper, a rather unspectacular plant with small, pale pink flowers in long, slender, nodding inflorescence. Insight into Water-pepper (Persicaria hydropiper): native and common … Read More

Native mints: Round-leaved Mint
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This tall, aromatic mint is being battered by the recent winds here in Cornwall. Insight into Round-leaved Mint (Mentha suaveolens): a native British wild flower found in the south west and Wales, it flowers in branched terminal spikes in August … Read More

Spindle berries
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This Spindle was found between Pendennis Point and Castle beach in Falmouth. There was plenty of the eye-catching pink fruit but none had split to reveal the orange seeds inside. Insight into Spindle (Euonymus europaeus): native, it is widespread in … Read More

Wild flowers near Kynance Cove: Slender Bird’s-foot-trefoil
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A small number of Slender Bird’s-foot-trefoil plants were flowering at the base of a large rock alongside the high tide path from the National Trust car park to Kynance Cove at the end of July. Insight into Slender Bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus … Read More

Great Burnet near Kynance Cove in Cornwall
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These tall, red flowers were on the heath above Kynance Cove on The Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. Insight into Great Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis): native in the British Isles, this perennial flowers from June to September. It is a member of … Read More

Lesser Centaury
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A few of these deep pink flowers were alongside the path on the heath approaching Kynance Cove on The Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. One of the plants had flowers with only four petals rather than the usual five and, just … Read More

Crown Vetch near Kynance Cove in Cornwall
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On a trip looking for rarities at Kynance Cove we couldn’t just drive past this fine display of Crown Vetch on the roadside near the National Trust car park even though it’s not rare at all. Insight into Crown Vetch … Read More

Wild Asparagus on Asparagus Island
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Sometimes you know where you need to go to get a chance of finding something a bit special. We were at Kynance Cove on The Lizard in Cornwall at a stage of the tide where you could walk across the … Read More

Harebell – rare in south west England
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These beautiful, delicate, blue, nodding flowers of Harebell were alongside the High Tide path from the National Trust car park to Kynance Cove on The Lizard in Cornwall. Insight into Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia): a member of the bellflower family (Campanulaceae), … Read More

British wild flowers: Navelwort or Pennywort
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These creamy, green many-flowered spikes are seen growing out of cliffs, rock crevices and walls. It seems to thrive in places where other plants may struggle, such as dry walls and deep shade. Insight into Navelwort or Pennywort (Umbilicus rupestris): … Read More

British wild flowers: Creeping Thistle
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These thistles are a slightly bluer pink than most other thistles and are often found in great drifts on rough grassland and roadsides. Insight into Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense): also known as Field Thistle, its seeds are a source of … Read More

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