Flowering Plants

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Black Knapweed - Centaurea nigra

Black Knapweed is also known as Hardheads. Many different types of insects visit the flowers for nectar. The seeds are dispersed by wind.

Common Centaury - Centaurium erythraea

Depending upon the conditions in which it grows the size of the plant can vary. Before this was realised different sized plants were considered different species.

Common Mouse-ear - Cerastium fontanum

Rosebay Willowherb - Chamerion angustifolium

This flower likes disturbed ground and can often be found where there has been a fire - hence its other name Fireweed.

Fat-hen - Chenopodium album

Opposite-Leaved Golden-Saxifrage - Chrysosplenium oppositifolium

This flower turns the beck sides yellow in spring.

Enchanter's Nightshade - Circaea lutetiana

Creeping Thistle - Cirsium arvense

Melancholy Thistle - Cirsium heterophyllum

Marsh Thistle - Cirsium palustre

Spear Thistle - Cirsium vulgare

Wild Basil - Clinopodium vulgare

Found along the boardwalk near to the lake feeder.

Pignut - Conopodium majus

The white flowers cover the far moor in summer before the seeds turn the area red.

Dogwood - Cornus sanguinea

The red stems of Dogwood can be seen behind the easy access hide.

Hazel - Corylus avellana

The catkins begin to form in late autumn and can open as early as January followed by the tiny red female flowers. By late summer the Hazel nuts are fully formed.

Cotoneaster - Cotoneaster frigidus

New Zealand Pygmyweed - Crassula helmsii

Hawthorn - Crataegus monogyna

"Never cast a clout till May is out!" The blossom or the month?

In autumn the red berries provide food for Blackbirds, Redwings and Fieldfares.

Smooth Hawk's-beard - Crepis capillaris

Marsh Hawksbeard - Crepis paludosa

Beaked Hawk's-beard - Crepis vesicaria

Found in profusion at the far end of the obstacle course.

Crosswort - Cruciata laevipes

Hybrid Orchid (Common Spotted x Northern Marsh) - Dachtylorhiza fuchsii x purpurella

Common Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza fuchsii

These beautiful orchids can be seen from mid May through to early August. Over the last three years they have spread their range.

Early Marsh Orchid - Dactylorhiza incarnata

The fourth of our orchids. Only a few flower spikes can be found but they are spreading.

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