Herbology Hunt for March - extra information

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Ficaria whole

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna)

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Ficaria whole

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna)

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Ficaria whole

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna)

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Ficaria whole

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna)

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Ficaria whole

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna)

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Lesser Celandine

Lesser Celandine

Lesser Celandine

Lesser Celandine

Lesser Celandine

Lesser Celandine flowers in spring usually around March or April. Recently it has started flowering much earlier and a few can be found in flower in January or even December. The numbers of petals vary and some have paler marks near the middle of the flower. The heart shaped leaves often have pale blotches.




Viola group

Sweet Violet (Viola odorata)

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Viola group

Sweet Violet (Viola odorata)

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Viola group

Sweet Violet (Viola odorata)

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Viola group

Sweet Violet (Viola odorata)

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Viola group

Sweet Violet (Viola odorata)

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Sweet Violet

Sweet Violet

Sweet Violet

Sweet Violet

Sweet Violet

Sweet Violet is one of the first violets to flower in spring. You can sometimes find it in flower in January or February but March is more usual. It can have white flowers, blue flowers and more rarely purple flowers, light blue or mauve flowers. The sepals at the back of the flower are blunt and the leaves heart shaped. It is fragrant too but not everyone can smell it.

Alnus close

Alder (Alnus glutinosa)

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Corylus close

Alder (Alnus glutinosa)

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Alnus female

Alder (Alnus glutinosa)

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Alnus dead cones

Alder (Alnus glutinosa)

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Alder male catkin

Hazel catkin not Alder

Alder female cones and catkin buds

Alder dead female cones and buds

Alder is a tree which has dangling male catkin flowers a bit darker than Hazel. Both flower early in spring but Hazel is usually earlier. The female flowers look like green cones and stay on the tree after they have died. It is often found by rivers, lakes and ponds.




Chrysosplenium whole

Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage (Chrysosplenium oppositifolium)

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Chrysosplenium whole

Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage (Chrysosplenium oppositifolium)

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Chrysosplenium whole

Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage (Chrysosplenium oppositifolium)

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Chrysosplenium whole

Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage (Chrysosplenium oppositifolium)

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Chrysosplenium whole

Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage (Chrysosplenium oppositifolium)

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Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage

Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage

Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage

Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage

Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage

Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage is usually found in damp places. It can grow in quite dark shade too. It can grow in rocky places which look dry but have water underneath them. The flowers are very small and yellow. it often grows in large flat patches with many flowers. If you find one which stand a bit taller than the others, you can sometimes see small leaves on the flower stalk growing opposite to each other.




Arabidopsis whole

Thale Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana)

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Arabidopsis very close

Thale Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana)

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Arabidopsis pods

Thale Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana)

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Arabidopsis whole

Thale Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana)

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Arabidopsis whole

Thale Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana)

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Thale Cress

Thale Cress

Thale Cress

Thale Cress

Thale Cress

Thale Cress is very common but easily overlooked. It is quite a small plant. Like many plants which flower in spring, it has four white petals. The flowers quickly fade and long thin seed pods replace them. It is a common weed in gardens and allotments but will grow in pavement cracks, on walls, in roadside verges and on waste ground. If the winter is mild it will flower throughout the year.

Added on 24th January 2019

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