Herbology Hunt for January - extra information

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capsella whole

Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

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capsella flowers

Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

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capsella fruit

Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

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capsella fruit

Gorse or Whin (Ulex sp.)

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capsella fruit

Gorse or Whin (Ulex sp.)

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capsella fruit

Gorse or Whin (Ulex sp.)

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Shepherd's Purse

Shepherd's Purse

Shepherd's Purse

Gorse

Gorse

Gorse with purple Bell Heather

Shepherd's Purse is a very common plant with four petals on each flower. The seed pods are said the same shape as an old fashioned Shepherds's Purse. It grows almost anywhere. You can look for it in flower beds, pavement cracks, allotments and roadside verges.

Gorse, Whin or Furze as it is also called is actually three different plants. The one you are most likely to see is Common Gorse which flowers early in the year often beginning in December or January. Western Gorse is also common in some parts of Wales. Western Gorse but flowers in summer after Common Gorse has finished. Dwarf Gorse is much rarer than the other two and mostly found in southern England.




Groundsel top

Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)

Found in Cheshire

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Groundsel top

Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)

Found in Cheshire

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Groundsel top

Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)

Found in Cheshire

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Groundsel

Groundsel

Groundsel

Groundsel is a very common plant and will grow on roadside verges, in allotments, in garden flower beds or at the bottom of walls. Usually it has no petals but very occasionally you can find one which does have petals. This makes it look very different from the normal ones. The leaves though are always the same so check the leaves.




Chickweed whole

Chickweed (Stellaria media)

Found in Cheshire

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Chickweed close

Chickweed (Stellaria media)

Found in Cheshire

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Daisy whole

Daisy (Bellis perennis)

Found in Cheshire

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Daisy whole

Daisy (Bellis perennis)

Found in Cheshire

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Chickweed

Chickweed

Daisy

Daisy

Chickweed is a common plant which produces masses of light green leaves with much smaller flowers within the leaves. It flowers through the year but the flowers won't open if the weather gets too cold. It grows on waste ground, roadside verges, in flowerbeds and in allotments.

Daisies maybe the only wild flower which nearly everyone recognises. They grow so well in grass and lawns that children will make daisy chains by threading the stalks together. It flowers in Spring in large numbers but carries on flowering throughout the year.

Added on 22nd January 2018

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