Common Mallow

The common mallow is a wildflower.

 

The Latin name is Malva sylvestris.

The flowers grow on short stems although the plant can grow to 80 cm tall.

The petals are bright purplish pink and form in clusters.

Each flower has five petals which all have a u shaped notch at the tip of the petal.

The petals also have darker purple stripes on them.

Common Mallow

The leaves have five triangular points.

The common mallow flowers from May to September.

This wildflower grows on wasteland, roadsides, meadows and fields.

The common mallow is found growing in most of Western Europe, Southern England and worldwide.

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Scarlet Pimpernel

The scarlet pimpernel is a wildflower.

This flower is found in Britain and Western Europe.

The scarlet pimpernel grows in cornfields, gardens and on wasteland.

The flower has salmon red petals.

It flowers May – August.

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More Wildflowers – Green Thumb Sunday

I thought I would go wild again this Green Thumb Sunday with a wildflower slide show. Take a look at the beautiful array of wildflowers that can be found in and around my farm in July and August.

Checkout the wildflowers seen on the farm in June.

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A Mysterious Flower – Green Thumb Sunday

After the flood I found this flower in the garden. I do not know what it is called or whether it is a wildflower or not.

If anyone recognises this beautiful and intriguing flower then please leave a comment – thank you.

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Germander Speedwell

Germander Speedwell

  • Germander speedwell is a perennial wildflower.
  • The latin name is Veronica chamaedrys.

Germander Speedwell

  • This speedwell grows in meadows, woodland edges, hedgerows and scrubland.
  • It is common throughout most of Europe, except the far North and grows in North and West Asia.
  • Germander speedwell can grow to 40cm tall.

Germander Speedwell Leaf

  • This plant has oval shaped leaves with toothed edges.

Germander Speedwell

  • The flowers are a light blue colouring, forming clumps at the top of the stems.
  • Each flower has four small petals with a central white eye.
  • This plant flowers from May to August.


White Deadnettle

On Saturday my family came over for a visit and as the weather was so glorious we were out in the garden. On a stroll through the orchard, my brother-in-law remarked that he didn’t know nettles had white flowers. This variety of nettle is called the white deadnettle.

White Deadnettle

  • The white deadnettle is a perennial wild flowering plant.
  • It’s latin name is Lamium album.
  • This plant is found all across Europe except the far North, throughout the British Isles and in North and East Asia.
  • The white deadnettle grows in gardens and orchards, along hedgerows and grass verges and on wasteland.
  • This nettle has white flowers, which are present from March-November.
  • It has hairy, green, elongated, heart-shaped and toothed leaves.
  • This plant is slightly aromatic and grows to a height of approximately 50cm.
  • The white deadnettle is part of the mint family and is related to the red deadnettle.


Red Deadnettle

We have nettles growing all over our farm and it wasn’t until I started my hunt for guinea fowl eggs that I realised that there are different varieties of nettle.

Red Deadnettle

  • The red deadnettle is an annual wild flowering plant.
  • It’s latin name is Lamium purpureum.
  • This plant is found in Britain, Europe and Asia.
  • The red deadnettle grows on agricultural land, wasteland and in gardens.
  • This nettle has pinky-violet flowers, which are present April-October.
  • It has green heart-shaped leaves which are toothed and have a wrinkled texture.
  • This plant belongs to the mint family and is related to the white deadnettle.


Lesser Celandine

Lesser Celandine

  • The lesser celandine is a wild flower.
  • It’s latin name is Rannunculus ficaria.
  • The lesser celandine is part of the buttercup family of wild flowers.
  • It grows in Britain and Western Europe.
  • Lesser celandine grow on hedgebanks, in woodlands and orchards.
  • It is a small plant with yellow flowers that could be mistaken for the buttercup.
  • The flower is star shaped with 7-12 glossy yellow petals.
  • The lesser celandine has heart shaped leaves which grow on long stems and are a glossy, dark green colour.
  • This plant flowers from February to May.

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Ivy

 

Ivy
  • Ivy is a climbing shrub which can grow wild.
  • The Latin name is Hedera Helix.
  • Ivy grows on trees, rocks, walls, in hedgerows and on the ground in very shaded woodlands.
  • It is very common in the British Isles and Western Europe.
  • Ivy can grow and extend over long distances.
  • This shrub attaches itself to a supporting tree or hedge by lots of small suckerlike roots.
  • The leaves are evergreen and come in different shapes.
  • Some of the leaves have 5 lobes and very pale veins which stand out on the glossy dark green background.
  • The leaves towards the top of the plant are oval in shape.
  • Ivy has both flowers and berries.
  • The flowers can be found only at the top of the plant.
  • The flowers have 5 yellowy green petals.
  • The berries are black and spherical in shape.

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