Western Clover above Kynance Cove on The Lizard
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We found several patches of Western Clover amongst the short grass on the cliffs above Kynance Cove on The Lizard at the weekend. Insight: Western Clover (Trifolium occidentale) is native but very local, found in Cornwall, on the Channel Islands … Read More

Honesty at Mawnan Church near Falmouth in Cornwall
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This plant was spotted in a hedgerow at Mawnan Church near the Helford Estuary in Cornwall. Insight: Honesty (Lunaria annua) is a common plant in the British Isles though it isn’t native. It’s probably the fruit that is most familiar: … Read More

Unfurling fronds of Hart’s-tongue
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The new fronds are always a picture at this time of year. Insight: Hart’s-tongue (Asplenium scolopendrium) is an evergreen fern in the Spleenwort family (Aspleniaceae) which grows best in shaded, damp areas. It is an unusual fern, having an undivided … Read More

Greater Stitchwort show it’s Spring in Cornish hedgerows
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These beautiful white flowers are abundant along the hedgerows and edges of the South West Coast Path around Mawnan at the mouth of the Helford Estuary in Cornwall. Insight: Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea) is common throughout the British Isles and … Read More

Common Dog-violet everywhere in Cornwall it seems
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It doesn’t matter where we go in Cornwall at the moment, there are huge numbers of Common Dog-violet colouring the scene. From the hedgerows to the fields above the cliffs, from the woodland to the open roadsides, everywhere has bright … Read More

Colt’s-foot at Godrevy Towans in Cornwall
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These bright yellow Colt’s-foot were flowering in the eroding cliffs of Godrevy Towans at the north end of St Ives Bay in Cornwall. Insight: Colt’s-foot (Tussilago farfara) flowers from March to April, the flowers appearing long before the leaves. It’s … Read More

How do you tell the difference between Greater Periwinkle and Lesser Periwinkle?
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A mass of Greater Periwinkle in the hedge just off the beach at Kennack Sands on The Lizard in Cornwall. Insight: The photo shows the fringe of hairs along the edges of the sepals which is one of the characteristics … Read More

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A beautiful cushion of Primroses in a woodland clearing in the Marsland valley in north Cornwall. Insight: Primrose (Primula vulgaris) has two flower morphs known as pin and thrum. A single plant will have either all pin flowers or all … Read More

Common Field-speedwell on The Lizard in Cornwall
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Spotted in the field above Kennack Sands car park on The Lizard in Cornwall. Insight: Although Common Field-speedwell (Veronica persica) is very familiar, often regarded as a weed, it’s a native of Caucasus and Iran and was introduced to Britain. … Read More

Italian Lords-and-Ladies – is it friend or foe?
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It was rather a surprise to see this exotic looking plant on some rough ground on Godrevy Towans in Cornwall. The distinctive yellow/green veins identify this as Italian Lords-and-Ladies (Arum italicum subspecies italicum). Insight: This subspecies has been introduced to … Read More

Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) at Kennack Sands on The Lizard
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This example was in the fields above the car park at Kennack Sands on The Lizard in Cornwall. Insight: Common Chickweed flowers all year and has even been found to flower and set seed under a cover of snow! It’s … Read More

Yew at Trelissick Garden in Cornwall
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These male flowers of Yew were recorded at Trelissick Garden, a National Trust property in Cornwall. Insight: Yew (Taxus baccata) is the longest living plant in Europe with some examples reputed to be over 9,000 years old.

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