Herbology Hunt for April - extra information

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Allium whole

Wild Garlic or Ramsons (Allium ursinum)

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Allium side

Wild Garlic or Ramsons (Allium ursinum)

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Allium top

Wild Garlic or Ramsons (Allium ursinum)

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Allium leaves

Wild Garlic or Ramsons (Allium ursinum)

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Allium close

Wild Garlic or Ramsons (Allium ursinum)

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Wild Garlic or Ramsons

Wild Garlic or Ramsons

Wild Garlic or Ramsons

Wild Garlic or Ramsons

Wild Garlic or Ramsons

Wild Garlic prefers damp places and can often be found lining the streams or rivers in shaded valleys. It has broad light green leaves and upright flower stalks with many little white star-shaped flowers. When it grows in good numbers and you approach it on warm day you can often smell it well before you see it. It hot weather the smell of garlic is almost overpowering.




Oxalis whole

Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella)

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Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella)

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Oxalis leaf

Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella)

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Oxalis very Close

Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella)

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Wood Sorrel

Wood Sorrel

Wood Sorrel

Wood Sorrel

Wood Sorrel nearly always grows in quite shady places like woods. But anywhere with shade all day long, like the underside of big rocks in mountains, is also a place to look. The white flowers have purple veins in them and the leaves have three leaflets. Each leaflet is slightly heart shaped.

Garlic Mustard whole

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

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Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

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Garlic Mustard flower

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

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Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

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Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard has leaves a little bit like stinging nettle but it doesn't sting. The white flowers are always in a bunch at the top of the plant. It's other common name is Jack-by-the-Hedge and very often grows at the bottom of hedges. You may see it being visited by the Orange Tip butterfly which lays a single, tiny orange egg at the top of the plant.




Primula vulgaris side

Primrose (Primula vulgaris)

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Primrose (Primula vulgaris)

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Primrose (Primula vulgaris)

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Primula vulgaris small

Primrose (Primula vulgaris)

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Primrose (Primula vulgaris)

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Primrose

Primrose

Primrose

Primrose

Primrose

Primroses will grow in shady places or in the open. You can find them on grassy banks and on verges. They are quite low growing so if you see a tall one then it might be a Cowslip not a Primrose. In some woods they can grow in their thousands.




Veronica whole

Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)

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Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)

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Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)

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Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)

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Germander Speedwell

Germander Speedwell

Germander Speedwell

Germander Speedwell

Germander Speedwell has bright blue flowers with a white "eye". It grows in grassland such as roadside verges. There are quite a few different Speedwell flowers flowering in spring but this is probably the deepest blue in colour. The way to tell it apart from others is to look at the flower stem carefully. It has two line of hairs on opposite sides of the flower stalk.

Added on 24th January 2019

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