Ivydene Gardens Blue Wildflowers Note Gallery:
Introduction with
Edible Plant Parts Index

Comparison Pages
Marjorie Blamey's Wild Flowers by Colour by Marjorie Blamey (ISBN 0-7136-7237-4. Published by A & C Black Publishers Ltd in 2005) has illustrations of each wild flower of Britain and Northern Europe split into the following 13 colours.

Instead of colour illustrations, this plant gallery has thumbnail pictures of wild flowers of Britain in the same colour split system:-

 

Below the thumbnail pictures, the text box provides the Wildflower Family name, the Wildflower Common Name (with the colour of the text indicating

  • Soil Moisture Blue for Wet,
  • Green for Moist and
  • Brown for Dry Soil)

and the Height of the Plant (

  • Blue for 0-2 feet,
  • Green for 2-6 feet and
  • Red for over 6 feet high)

as the colour of the Text Border. If you click on the Wildflower Family Name, then that Wildflower Family Page will be shown. Scroll down that page until you find that Wildflower Common Name to see the following colour pictures for that plant - single flower, flowers, foliage and form in the next table row.
If you click on the thumbnail picture in this Gallery or the Common Name in the Wildflower Family Page, then the Wildflower Plant Description Page for that Wildflower will appear alongside with up to 9 photos and description.

This plant gallery has thumbnail pictures of wild flowers fruit or seed with its colour:-

This plant gallery has pictures of flower beds with Wild Flowers with description.


After that, each NOTE Page will be completed if extra information is located that does not fit within the rows of the pages described above like larger photos, etc, and the Number of NOTE Pages of the respective NOTE Gallery for that particular Flower Colour will be incremented by 1.

Together with the Plants, Companion Planting, Offbeat Glossary and future Wild Flower Habitat sections of this website, these photographs should aid your choice of wild plant for your garden. The individual Page for each wild flower will be in one of the Wild Flower Habitat Galleries with indication of which nursery legally supplies its seed or plant.

 

Alphabetical List of Wild Flowers
The wild flowers are listed in alphabetical order with links to their respective Plant Description Page and their Wild Flower Family Page in the Wild Flower Plant Index

 

Habitat Tables
The wild flowers are also listed in the respective Habitat Table Page for

These then link you to the respective Plant Description Page. If it is not clear which type of soil the wildflower goes in, I have inserted it into the Neutral Soil Habitat Page, i.e. Watling Street Thistle grows in dry grassland in South England - South England has all the types of soil, so it is only inserted in the Neutral Soil Habitat Page under Dry Grassland.

 

Family Pages
The wild flowers are also split into their respective Wild Flower Family Pages with a table listing in alphabetical order - of all the Wild Flower Plants for that Family - by the Common Name with the Botanical Name, Flowering Month Period and Habitat is given; together with following colour pictures for each plant - single flower, flowers, foliage and form.

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I am requesting the donation of the following colour photographs of plants for this section:-

  • Flower - to show the shape and colour of the whole flower.
  • Foliage - to show the shape of the leaf and its colour. If its colour changes in the year, then a picture of each changed colour.
  • Form - to show the natural shape/growth habit of the whole plant. If the plant is deciduous, then one with foliage and one without.
  • Fruit - to show the shape and colour of the whole fruit/nut/seed produced after it has flowered.
  • Flower Bed - to show the overall effect of a group of plants together, preferably with the names of each of the plants displayed.

Each main photograph will be displayed in a 150 x 150 pixels graphic item. Each thumbnail photograph will be displayed in 50 x 50 pixels graphic item. Freeway allocates 72 pixels per inch. The photographs require to be in :-

  • JPEG Format and can be sent via Solid-State-Drive (send to Chris Garnons-Williams at 1 Eastmoor Farm Cottages, Moor Street, Rainham, Kent, ME8 8QE England)

Please give the Latin name of the plant and your contact details (It would be preferable that it is either your website or email address rather than your phone number). These will then appear with the relevant photograph. If you happen to be a Nursery, then this link could provide a means for people to get that plant.

 

Writers and broadcasters Pat O'Reilly and Sue Parker are frequent contributors to countryside magazines and have been photographing wildflowers for more than 30 years. Pat and Sue live in West Wales.

They have written 4 books on the wildflowers of Wales, which are available.

Lady Bird Johson
Wildflower Center in the University of Texas in the USA
:-

"Lady Bird Johnson, our former first lady, and actress Helen Hayes founded an organization in 1982 to protect and preserve North America's native plants and natural landscapes. First as the National Wildflower Research Center and later as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, this special place exists to introduce people to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants. Every day, the Wildflower Center brings life to Mrs. Johnson's vision in its public gardens, its woodlands and sweeping meadows as well as in internationally influential research. In 2006, the Center became an Organized Research Unit of the University of Texas at Austin.

Decades ago, Mrs. Johnson recognized that our country was losing its natural landscapes and its natural beauty. As much as 30 percent of the world’s native flora is at risk of extinction. The Wildflower Center was intended to help preserve and restore that beauty and the biological richness of North America. Since then, the Center has become one of the country’s most credible research institutions and effective advocates for native plants.

The Center’s gardens display the native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country, South and West Texas, while the Plant Conservation Program protects the ecological heritage of Texas by conserving its rare and endangered flora. The Native Plant Information Network is a database of more than 7,200 native species available online.

The Land Restoration Program applies knowledge of ecological processes to restoring  damaged landscapes. The Center’s education programs for children and adults teach people about their natural surroundings and how to grow native plants in their own backyards."

Nurseries that grow and sell plants to the public:-

If a plant is detailed in its own page in one of the Wildflower Plant Galleries and it occurs in one of their catalogues, then it is noted as being available from that nursery in the Comments Section of that plant's description page.

British Wild Flower Plants ( Burlingham Gardens, 31 Main Road, North Burlingham, Norfolk. NR13 4TA. Tel/Fax: 01603 716615 email office@wildflowers.co.uk website http://www.wildflowers.co.uk) is a family-run nursery started in 1986. They currently stock nearly 400 species of native plants.

John Chambers' Wild Flower Seeds ( 15 Westleigh Road, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, Northants. NN15 5AJ. Tel 01933 652562 Fax: 01933 652576 website John Chambers' Wild Flower Seeds) offers the country's largest and most comprehensive range of seeds for native British produced wild flower species and mixtures; wild, ornamental and cultivated grass species and mixtures. In addition, offers native British produced wild flower plants, seedlings and bulbs; associated books, posters and wallcharts. John Chambers' Wild Flower Garden at the Royal Showground, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire is open to the public at both the Royal and Town and Country Shows. It shows how effectively plants from different habitats can be incorporated into garden settings. Above all, it demonstrates how colourful, attractive and suitable wild flowers are for use in gardens.

BritishFlora (Grange Farm, Widmer End, High Wycombe, Bucks. HP15 6AE. Tel 01494 718203 Fax 01494 718989 Email: info@britishflora.co.uk website BritishFlora ) is the leading provider of horticultural solutions to civil engineering problems encountered in major conservation, environmental, remediation, translocation and renewal schemes in habitats as diverse as highways, business parks, landfill sites, nature reserves, and the banks of tidal estuaries, rivers, canals, lakes and ponds as well as heath and salt marshes. With over 300 species held in stock (PDF list of available plants available from their Wildflower and Aquatic Plants Page of the Products and Services Section), they produce over 5 million native wild flower and aquatic plants including 1 million reeds annually.

 

This Table of Selected Wild Plants comes from The Illustrated Guide to EDIBLE PLANTS by Dagmar Lanska. ISBN 1 85152 117 8

Common Name

Botanical Name

Collected part

month of collection

use in kitchen

medicinal effects

yarrow

achillea millefolium

leaf

Apr-May

in soups, sauces, omelets

improves digestion and appetite

 

flower

May-September

to season dishes

 

Sweet-flag

acorus calumus

rhizome

Mar-Apr ,
Sep-Nov

to spice liquers, sauces, soups, sweetmeats, compotes, brandy, tea, vegetables

improves digestion and appetite

 

leaf

Mar-Apr

in salads

 

goutweed

aegopodium podagraria

leaf

Apr-Nov

in soups, salads

source of vitamins

lady's mantle

alchemilla xanthochlora

leaf

May-Sep

in soups, spinach, vegetable dishes

assists digestion, diuretic properties

garlic mustard

Garlic Mustard is
Alliaria petiolata
fgarlicflotmustard
(Alliare officinale,
Erbe Sophia,
Erva Adheira,
Hedge Garlic,
Hierba del Ajo,
Jack-by-the-Hedge, Knoblauchsrauke, Lauchkraut, Lauchrauch,
St. Sophia's Herb)

Crucifer family

leaf

Apr-Nov

in soups, sauces, spreads, stuffings, vegetable salads, forcemeat, lamb

antispasmodic and disinfectant. effect on digestive tract

seeds

Apr-Nov

to season dishes

 

chives

allium schoenoprasum

leaf

Apr-May

in soups, sauces, egg dishes, salads, mayonnaise, spreads, herb butters

improves digestion, appetite, lowers blood pressure

wild garlic

allium ursinum

tops

Apr-May

in salads, vegetables, pulses, sauces, stuffings, minced meats, mayonnaise, spreads, with fish, poultry, in herb butters

antispasmodic and disinfective effect on digestive tract

 

bulb

Sep-Oct

 

 

long-rooted garlic

allium vistoriale

leaf

Apr-Jun

in soups, sauces, mayonnaise, salads, spreads, on grilled meats, with amb, pork, fish

improves digestion and appetite, diuretic properties

 

bulb

Sep-Oct

 

 

service-berry

amelanchier ovalis

fruit

Sep-Oct

for jams, jellies, marmalades, juices, wines, tea

against common cold, to check hypo-vitaminosis

angelica

angelica archangelica

leaf, stem

May-Jun

in salads, soups, sauces, vegetables

improves digestion, diuretic, disinfectant, calming effects

 

fruit

root

Sep

Mar-Apr, Sep-Nov

to season dishes

 

great burdock

arctium lappa

root

Mar-May,
Sep-Nov

in salads, vegetable side dish

perspiratory, diuretic, bactericidal effects, to check digestive disorders.

 

leaf

Mar-Nov

in salads, soups

 

horse-radish

armocaria rusticana

root

Mar-May,
Oct-Nov

freshly grated to boiled meats, eggs, smoked meats, fish, vegetables, in soups, sauces, spreads

improves digestion, bacteridal effects

 

leaf

Mar-Nov

in soups, to spice pickled vegetables

 

garden orache

atriplex hortensis

leaf

Apr-May

as substitution for spinach, in soups, with vegetables, in stuffings, forcemeat, egg dishes

assists evacuation of bowels, production of blood

daisy

bellis perennis

leaf and buds

Mar-May

in salads, herb butter, soups, sauces, stuffings, spreads, omelettes

anti-inflammatory effects, for treating diseases of respiratory tract, source of vitamin C

 

flower

Mar-Dec

for syrup

 

Barberry

Barberry is
Berberis vulgaris
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Barberry family

fruit

Sep-Oct

for juices, syrups, wines, liquers, compotes, jam, tea; can be frozen, dried; dried in sauces with game (it prefers to be a snake in Snakes and Ladders), soups and with grilled meats

influences activity of stomach and bowels, improves appetite, source of vitamins

silver birch

betula pendula

juice

Mar-Apr

for syrup. 'Birch Champagne'

antispasmodic and diuretc effects

borage

borago officinalis

leaf

Apr-Oct

in salads, ragout, cold sauces and soups, spreads, mayonnaise, forcemeat, cold drinks, as fillings for pies and ravioli

diuretic, disinfective, calming effects, ingredient of spring cures

pot marigold

calendula officinalis

flower

May-Oct

seasoning (soups, sauces), food colouring

diuretic, perspiratory, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic effects

 

leaf

Jun-Sep

in soups, salads

 

rampion

campanula rapunculus

root

Mar-Apr

in salads, soups, vegetable side dishes, in vegetable mixtures

to check diabetes, source of vitamins

stemless thistle

carlina acaulis

flower

Jul-Sep

raw or cooked as artichokes

bactericidal, diuretic effects

caraway

carium carvi

fruit

Jul-Aug

to season bread, pastries, meat, soups, cheeses, vegetables, liquers

improves digestion of heavy food, appetite, carminative effects

 

leaf

Apr-May

in herb soups, salads, spreads

 

sweet chestnut

castanea

fruit

Oct-Nov

in soups, puree, desserts, meat suffings

for high blood pressure and kidney diseases

tuberous-rooted chervil

chaerophyllum bulbosum

root

Mar-Apr,
Oct-Nov

in salads, boiled like potatoes or root vegetables

improves digestion and appetite, source of vitamins

 

leaf

Mar-Nov

in salads, soups

 

fat hen

chenopodium album

leaf

Apr-Nov

in soups, stuffings, minced meats, potato dishes, as substitution for spinach

improves evacuation of bowels and blood production

cornelian cherry

cornus mas

fruit

Sep

for juices, wines, syrups, liquers, jams, compotes, vitaminized teas

disorders of digestive tract, diuretic effects, induces production of bile, source of vitamins

hazel

corylus avellana

seeds

Sep-Oct

in desserts, chocolate, puddings, ice cream, fruit salads, meat stuffings

high content of nutritious substances, grated with honey as cough cure

midland hawthorn

crataegus laevigata

buds

Apr-May

in salads, soft cheese spreads

with heart and blood circulation diseases

 

fruit

Oct-Nov

for syrups, teas

 

quince

cydonia oblonga

fruit

Oct

for cider, compotes, jelly, in meat dishes

disorders of digestive tract

chufa

cyperus esculens

tubers

Oct

in sweetmeats, boiled as vegetables, raw as almonds, roasted as peanuts

high content of nutritious substances

rosebay willowherb

epilobium angustifolium

leaf

Apr-Oct

for tea

calming effects

 

rootstock

Mar-Jun ,
Oct-Nov

for salads, compote

 

beech

fagus sylvatica

fruit

Oct-Nov

dried or roasted for direct use, ground in sweetmeats

high content of nutritious substances

hautbois strawberry

fragaria moschata

fruit

May-Jul

for jams, compotes, syrups, in desserts, soups

disorders of digestive tract, diuretic effects

wild strawberry

fragaria viridis

fruit

Jun--Jul

for compotes, marmalades, syrups, wines, filling for desserts

improves digestion, diuretic effects

sweet woodruff

galium odoratum

tops

May-Jun

to aromatize wine, milk, puddings, ciders, fruit soups, sauces, drinks

overall calming effect

wood avens

geum urbanum

rhizome

Mar-Apr, Nov

as spice (to replace cloves and cinnamon)

disorders in digestion, improves appetite

 

tops

Mar-Apr

in herb soups and sauces

 

ground ivy

glechoma hederacea

leaf

Apr-May

in vegetable stews, meats, soups, salads, spreads

improves digestion and appetite

floating sweetgrass

glyceria fluitans

fruit

Aug-Sep

to thicken soups, in puree

high content of nutritious substances

gooseberry

grossularia uva-crispa

fruit

Jun-Jul

for marmalades, jellies, compotes, juices, cold soups and sauces

diuretic, slight laxative effects

cow parsnip

heracleum spondylium

leaf

Apr-Sep

as spinach, in soups

improves digestion, calming effects

sea buckthorn

hippophae rhamnoides

fruit

Aug-Sep

for juices, syrups, jams, marmalades, compotes, sauce to accompany game and grilled meats

source of vitamins during infectious diseases, hypo-vitaminosis, in convalescence

hop

humulus lupulus

shoots

Mar-Apr

for salads, soups, as a side dish

calming, diuretic effects, improves digestion

hyssop

hyssopus officinalis

leaf

Jun-Sep

to season salads, minced meats, sauces, soups, game, chicken

improves digestion

juniper

juniperus communis

fruit

Oct-Nov

to season game, lamb sauerkraut, sauces, poultry

assists digestion of heavy food

apple

malus

fruit

Jul-Sep

for ciders, juices, wines, syrups, can be baked and dried

diuretic, calming effects

balm

melissa officinalis

leaf

Jun-Jul

to season food, wines, liquers, vinegar, for tea

digestive disorders, calming effects

medlar

mespilus germanica

fruit

Oct-Nov

for ciders, marmalades, syrups, wines

digestive disorders

white mulberry

morus alba

fruit

Jul-Aug

for ciders, wines, compotes, drinks from fresh juice, syrups

improves digestion, releives sore throat, diuretic effects

black mulberry

morus nigra

fruit

Jul-Sep

for ciders, preserves, wines, compotes

improves digestion, releives sore throat, dietetic effects, in diseases of pancreas

 

leaf

Jun-Aug

for tea

 

marjoram

origanum vulgare

tops

Jun-Aug

to season forcemeats, sauces, pizzas, risitttos, vegetable dishes, cheeses

improves digestion and appetite

wood-sorrel

oxalis acetosella

leaf

Apr-May,
Oct-Nov

in vegetable soups, sauces, mayonnaise, yoghurt salads, drinks

digestive disorders, diuretic effects

greater burnet-saxifrage

pimpinella major

leaf

Apr-May

in soups, sauces, mayonnaise, spreads, stuffings, salads, vegetables

digestive disorders, in diseases of respiratory tract

 

root

Mar-May,
Sep

for tea

 

umbrella pine

pinus pinea

seeds

Oct-Nov

in meat and vegetable dishes, sweetmeats

diuretic effects, high content of nutritious substances, source of vitamins

 

needles

Apr-May

for vitaminized drinks

 

ribwort plantain

plantago lanceolata

leaf

May-Aug

in soups, sauces, salads, for syrups

digestion disorders, diseases of respiratory tract

water-pepper

polygonum hydropiper

tops

Jul-Sep

to season salads, spreads, soups, sauces, meat dishes, stuffings

digestion disorders, diuretic effects

purslane

portulaca oleracea

tops

May-Sep

in cucumber, tomato, lettuce salads, soups, sauces, mayonnaise, spreads

diuretic and calming effects

wild cherry

prunus avium

fruit

Jun-Jul

for ciders, wines, brandy, jams, compotes, fillings for desserts, drying

promotes production of blood, building of bones, teeth, diuretic effects

cherry plum

prunus cerasifera

fruit

Sep-Oct

for spreads, sauces to grilled meats, wine, tea

in diseases of respiratory tract, improves digestion

sour cherry

prunus cerasus

fruit

Jul-Aug

for syrups, drinks, jams, compotes, soups, fillings for desserts

digestion disorders, diuretic effects, to check anaemia

 

leaf

Jul-Nov

to pickle gherkins and cabbage

 

 

fruit stalks

Jul-Aug

for tea

 

bullace

prunus insititia

fruit

Nov

for compotes, marmalades, wines, fruit sauces, in desserts, savoury and meat dishes

in diseases of blood circulation, diuretic effects

sloe

prunus spinosa

flower

Mar-Apr

for teas and syrups

improves digestion, slightly laxative, anti-inflammatory effects, in colds, digestion disorders, diarrhoea, diuretic effects

 

fruit

Oct-Nov

for compotes, wines, vinegars, liqueurs, syrups, teas

 

lungwort

pulmonaria officinalis

leaf

Mar-May

in soups, spreads, stuffings, forcemeats, in salads, teas

improves digestion, diuretic effects, in diseases of respiratory tract

pear

pyrus

fruit

Oct-Nov

fr vinegars, wines, in marmalades, ciders, drying

improves digestion, in blood circulation and kidney diseases

black currant

ribes nigrum

fruit

Jun-Jul

for jams, jellies, marmalades, compotes, liqueurs, in soups, sauces, desserts

diuretic effects, source of vitamins, assists digestion, in diseases of respiratory tract

 

leaf

May-Aug

to spice pickled gherkins and cabbage

 

dog rose

rosa canina

fruit

Sep-Oct

for preserves, wines, ketchups, soups, sauces with game, tea

improves digestion, production of blood, source of vitamins, diuretic effects

 

flower

May-Jun

for syrups, preserves, wines

 

japanese rose

rosa rugosa

fruit

Aug-Sep

for preserves, pastes, jellies, sweetmeats, teas

improves digestion, resistance of organism to diseases

 

flower

May-Sep

for wines, syrups, preserves, teas, in honey

 

soft-leaved rose

rosa villosa

fruit

Aug-Sep

for ketchups, marmalades, pastes, soups, sauces with game, juices, syrups, teas, in honey

improves resistance of organism

 

flower

May-Jun

for wines, syrups

 

blackberry

rubus fruticosus

fruit

Aug-Sep

for juices, soups, compotes, syrups, wines, liqueurs, fillings for desserts

improves digestion, calming effects

 

leaf

Jun-Jul

for tea

 

raspberry

rubus idaeus

fruit

Jul-Sep

for soups, salads, compotes, jams, fillings for desserts, syrups, juices, wines, liqueurs

improves digestion, diuretic effects

 

leaf

May-Aug

for tea

 

common sorrel

rumex acetosa

leaf

Apr-May

as substitution for spinach, in salads, soups, sauces, mayonnaise, spreads, on grilled meats

assists digestion, production of blood, diuretic effects

sheep's sorrel

rumex acetosella

leaf

Apr-May

as substitution for spinach, in salads, soups, sauces, mayonnaise, spreads, on grilled meats

assists digestion, production of blood, diuretic effects

sage

salvia officinalis

leaf

Apr-Jul

to season lamb, pork, fish, tripe dishes, stuffings, pates, forcemeats, herb butters

in digestion disorders, calming effects

clary

salvia sclarea

leaf

Jun

to spice wines, drinks, fruit soups, compotes, puddings, vinegar, vegetables

in digestive disorders, calming effects

elder

sambucus nigra

fruit

Aug-Sep

in jams, compotes, juices, wines, soups, syrups, sauces, liqueurs, wines, fillings for desserts

diuretic, perspiratory, anti-inflammatory effects, in diseases of respiratory tract

 

flower

May-Jul

for wines, lemonades, drinks, syrups, teas

 

winter savory

satureja

tops

Jul-Sep

to season poultry, game, fish, cheeses, pulses, stuffings, minced meats, smoked meats, suerkraut

improves digestion, appetite, against flatulence

common houseleek

sempervivum tectorum

leaf

Apr-Nov

for salads, vitaminized drinks

improves digestion and appetite, in diseases of respiratory tract

common whitebeam

sorbus aria

fruit

Aug-Sep

for wines, compotes, teas

diuretic, anti-inflammatory effects, digestive disorders

rowan

sorbus aucuparia

fruit

Sep

for compotes, syrups, ciders, liqueurs, jams, teas

laxative, diuretic effects, decreases blood pressure, source of vitamins

rowan

sorbus aucuparia ssp. moravica

fruit

Aug-Sep

for juices, syrups, compotes, preserves, liqueurs, wines, vinegars, brandy, tea

anti-inflammatory, diuretic effects, promotes secretion of bile, source of vitamins

service-tree

sorbus domestica

fruit

Sep

for marmalades, wines, distilled beverages

in indigestion, sources of vitamins

wild service-tree

sorbus terminalis

fruit

Sep-Oct

in jams, marmalades, for liqueurs

source of vitamins

common chickweed

Common Chickweed is
Stellaria media
ccommonflochickweed

Pink family

tops

 

in salads, in soups

source of vitamins, diuretic effects

dandelion

taraxacum officinale

root

Apr-May

in salads

improves digestion, dietetic, diuretic effects, assists secretion of bile

 

leaf

Apr-May

in salads, soups, sauces, as substitution for spinach

 

 

flower

May

for syrup, wine

 

breckland thyme

thymus serpyllum

tops

May-Aug

to season soups, vegetable dishes, meats, sauces, stuffings, pulses, baked dishes

improves digestion, appetite, in diseases of respiratory tract

garden thyme

thymus vulgaris

tops

May-Jun,
Aug-Oct

to season bouillons, sauces, fish, game, poultry, pulses, pizzas, vegetables

in digestion disorders, disinfectant effects

water chestnut

trapa natans

fruit

Oct-Nov

raw, boiled, roasted, ground to powder

high content of nutritious substances

colt's-foot

tussilago farfara

flower

Mar-Apr

for syrups, teas, honey

for diseases of respiratory tract, cough, high blood ressure, digestive disorders

 

leaf

May-Jun

in soups, stuffings, for casings filled with a stuffing

 

common nettle

Stinging Nettle is Urtica dioica
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Nettle family

leaf

Apr-May

as substitution for spinach, for soups, sauces, in stuffings, salads, minced meats, spreads, savoury desserts

promotes digestion, diuretic effects, assists secretion of bile

Small nettle

Small Nettle is
Urtica urens
fsmallcflobudcnettle1

Nettle family

leaf

May-Jun

as substitution for spinach, in salads, stuffings, egg dishes, forcemeats, for soups

promotes digestion, production of blood, diuretic effects

bilberry

vaccinium myrtillus

fruit

Jul-Aug

for syrups, wines, liqueurs, compotes, jams, fruit sauces, soups, filling for desserts

disinfectant, anti-diarrhoea effects

 

leaf

May-Aug

for tea

 

cranberry

vaccinium oxycoccos

fruit

Sep-Nov.
Mar

for preserves, juices, syrups, compotes, in honey, sauce with game

diuretic effects, assists secretion of bile, to cure common cold

 

leaf

Jun-Nov

for tea

 

cowberry

vaccinium vitis-idaea

fruit

Jun-Sep

for compotes with game, sauces, jams

improves digestion, appetite, with kidney and urinary tract disorders, to check diarrhoea

 

leaf

Jun-Sep

for tea

 

lamb's lettuce

valerianella

leaf

Mar-Apr,
Sep-Oct

in omelettes, salads, soups, spreads

promotes digestion, calming effects

guelder-rose

viburnum opulus

fruit

Oct-Nov

for compotes, juices, syrups, preserves, sauces, filling for desserts

anti-spasmodic, calming effects, to cure common cold

sweet violet

Sweet Violet is
Viola odorata
fsweetflot2violet1

Violet family

leaf

Mar-Apr

in herb soups, sauces, omelettes

to lower blood pressure, to check diseases of respiratory tract

 

flower

Mar-Apr

for syrups, oil

 

Garden radish

Garden Radish is
Raphanus sativus
fgardenflotradish

Crucifer family

root

May- onwards

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The Edible City
A Year of Wild Food by John Rensten. Published in 2016. ISBN 978-0-7522-
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provides details and recipes on many of the plants named in this column below:-
 


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(o)Adder's Tongue
Amaranth
(o)Arrow-Grass
(o)Arum
(o)Balsam
Bamboo
(o)Barberry
(o)Bedstraw
(o)Beech
(o)Bellflower
(o)Bindweed
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(o)Birds-Nest
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(o)Box
(o)Broomrape
(o)Buckthorn
(o)Buddleia
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(o)Buttercup
(o)Butterwort
(o)Cornel (Dogwood)
(o)Crowberry
(o)Crucifer (Cabbage/Mustard) 1
(o)Crucifer (Cabbage/Mustard) 2
Cypress
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(o)Daisy Cudweeds
(o)Daisy Chamomiles
(o)Daisy Thistle
(o)Daisy Catsears (o)Daisy Hawkweeds
(o)Daisy Hawksbeards
(o)Daphne
(o)Diapensia
(o)Dock Bistorts
(o)Dock Sorrels

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(o)Clubmoss
(o)Duckweed
(o)Eel-Grass
(o)Elm
(o)Filmy Fern
(o)Horsetail
(o)Polypody
Quillwort
(o)Royal Fern
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(o)Figwort - Speedwells
(o)Flax
(o)Flowering-Rush
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(o)Fumitory
(o)Gentian
(o)Geranium
(o)Glassworts
(o)Gooseberry
(o)Goosefoot
(o)Grass 1
(o)Grass 2
(o)Grass 3
(o)Grass Soft Bromes 1
(o)Grass Soft Bromes 2
(o)Grass Soft Bromes 3 (o)Hazel
(o)Heath
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(o)Herb-Paris
(o)Holly
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(o)Horned-Pondweed
(o)Hornwort
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(o)Ivy
(o)Jacobs Ladder
(o)Lily
(o)Lily Garlic
(o)Lime
(o)Lobelia
(o)Loosestrife
(o)Mallow
(o)Maple
(o)Mares-tail
(o)Marsh Pennywort
(o)Melon (Gourd/Cucumber)
 

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(o)Mesem-bryanthemum
(o)Mignonette
(o)Milkwort
(o)Mistletoe
(o)Moschatel
Naiad
(o)Nettle
(o)Nightshade
(o)Oleaster
(o)Olive
(o)Orchid 1
(o)Orchid 2
(o)Orchid 3
(o)Orchid 4
(o)Parnassus-Grass
(o)Peaflower
(o)Peaflower Clover 1
(o)Peaflower Clover 2
(o)Peaflower Clover 3
(o)Peaflower Vetches/Peas
Peony
(o)Periwinkle
Pillwort
Pine
(o)Pink 1
(o)Pink 2
Pipewort
(o)Pitcher-Plant
(o)Plantain
(o)Pondweed
(o)Poppy
(o)Primrose
(o)Purslane
Rannock Rush
(o)Reedmace
(o)Rockrose
(o)Rose 1
(o)Rose 2
(o)Rose 3
(o)Rose 4
(o)Rush
(o)Rush Woodrushes
(o)Saint Johns Wort
Saltmarsh Grasses
(o)Sandalwood
(o)Saxifrage
 

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Seaheath
(o)Sea Lavender
(o)Sedge Rush-like
(o)Sedges Carex 1
(o)Sedges Carex 2
(o)Sedges Carex 3
(o)Sedges Carex 4
(o)Spindle-Tree
(o)Spurge
(o)Stonecrop
(o)Sundew
(o)Tamarisk
Tassel Pondweed
(o)Teasel
(o)Thyme 1
(o)Thyme 2
(o)Umbellifer 1
(o)Umbellifer 2
(o)Valerian
(o)Verbena
(o)Violet
(o)Water Fern
(o)Waterlily
(o)Water Milfoil
(o)Water Plantain
(o)Water Starwort
Waterwort
(o)Willow
(o)Willow-Herb
(o)Wintergreen
(o)Wood-Sorrel
(o)Yam
(o)Yew

 

 

See current Wildflower Common Name Index link Table for more wildflower of the UK common names together with their names in languages from America, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

See current Wildflower Botanical Name Index link table for wildflower of the United Kingdom (Great Britain) botanical names.

 

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Flowering Months to view photos
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Common Name

Botanical Name

Edible Plant - Flower, Foliage, Root, Fruit/Seed

Month for eating with Recipes

Dandelion

Taraxacum offinale

 

January

Eating Dandelions: Harvesting, Cleaning, and Cooking

Cow Parsley

Cow Parsley , Wild Chervil is
Anthriscus sylvestris and Chaerophyllum sylvestre
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Umbellifer family

 

January

Sweet Pickled Cow Parsley Stems.
Difference between Hemlock and Cow Parsley

Winter Cress

Barbarea vulgaris

 

Dec-Feb

Eat leaves and flowers

Crab Apple

Malus 'John Downie', Malus sylvestris

 

January

A collection of recipes and other tips for freezing, drying and storing crab apples. These include making syrup, fruit leather, apple butter, jelly, and muffins.

Sea Buckthorn

Elaeagnus rhamnoides

 

January

Vinegar for salads

Apple Mint (Round-leaved Mint)
 

Apple mint (round-leaved mint) is
Mentha
rotundifolia (Mentha suaveolens)
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Thyme family

Apple mint is cultivated as a culinary herb and is used in the production of mint sauce and jelly.

A rhizomatous perennial herb of damp places. It is probably native only in South-West England and Wales, and elsewhere occurs as a garden escape, often forming extensive colonies on roadsides and waste ground. Apple scented white flowers in Aug-Sep.

Graphic of Mentha suaveolens - Place:Osaka,Japan. By I, KENPEI via Wikimedia Commons.

January

Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh grows this herb.

Yummly Apple Mint Recipes

Three-cornered Leek

allium triquetrum

 

February

Pesto, meatballs and burgers

Chickweed

stellaria media

 

February

Salad with its leaves and tops

Horseradish

Armoracia rusticana

 

February

Hummus and Sauce

Wild Garlic

allium ursinum

 

February

Pesto, spring salads, cornbread, soup and risotto

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard is
Alliaria petiolata
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(Alliare officinale,
Erbe Sophia,
Erva Adheira,
Hedge Garlic,
Hierba del Ajo,
Jack-by-the-Hedge, Knoblauchsrauke, Lauchkraut, Lauchrauch,
St. Sophia's Herb)

Crucifer family

 

February

Leaves in any season can be eaten but once the weather gets hot, the leaves will taste bitter. Flowers can be chopped and tossed into salads.

Ground Ivy

glechoma hederacea

 

March

Dried herb in marinades and seasonings for strongly flavored meats like venison and lamb

Winter Purslane

claytonia perfoliata

 

March

Miner's Lettuce Salad

Hogweed

heracleum sphondylium

 

March

Young Hogweed shoots fried in butter and eaten as stand alone vegetable.

Burdock

arctium lappa

 

March

241 root recipes

Sea Beet

beta vulgaris subsp. maritima

 

March

Leaves used in tarts and boiled

Magnolia

magnolia x soulandeana

 

April

Flower petals in honey. Pickled petals with fresh cheeses.

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle is Urtica dioica
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Nettle family

 

April

Packed with iron, calcium, vitamins A and C, you can use them as a partial stand-in for greens like chard or spinach in certain recipes where they won't be the main player (soups, pastas and warm grain dishes). 

Beech

fagus sylvatica

 

April

Eat raw nuts after they have soaked in water for 8 hours or more. Beech nut nibblers for tossing over a salad.

Cherry

prunus avium

 

April

Healthy cherry recipes using fruit of cherry

The Greater Stitchwort

Greater stitchwort is
Stellaria
holostea
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Pink Family

If you had lived 2 or 3 hundred years ago, and you had told your mother that you had a pain in the side, or 'the stitch,' she would probably have tried to cure the pain with a drink made from this bright little flower. Many people thought that the flower would cure 'the stitch', and that is why they gave it the name of Stitchwort.
The green shoots can be chopped into salads, steamed or quickly boiled. You can eat the flower buds and flowers and these can make an attractive addition to a wild salad.

April-June

The green shoots can be chopped into salads, steamed or quickly boiled. You can eat the flower buds and flowers and these can make an attractive addition to a wild salad.

Fennel

foeniculum vulgare

 

May

Recipes for main course, light meals and snacks, starters and nibbles, side dishes and desserts.

The Ox-Eye Daisy
(Moon Daisies, Moons, Moon-flowers)

Chrysanthemum leucanthemum is ox-eye daisy
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Daisy - Chamomiles and Mayweeds Family

 

May

I stripped the leaves and buds into salads, served them atop tacos, and added them to stir fries. I chopped them fine into a potato salad, and sautéed them in bacon fat to have first on an egg sandwich and later a tortilla pizza constructed with piles of yummy browned sausage.

White dead nettle

lamium album

 

May

Young leaves and flowers from Lamium album can be eaten raw. Young leaves can also be boiled and eaten as a vegetable or a smoothie.

Water Mint

mentha aquatica

 

May

In addition to infusing mint leaves to make a tea, you can also use them to flavour other foods. Cous cous makes a good trail food – light and easily rehydrated – why not add some shredded mint leaves for freshness? If you are picking berries, particularly raspberries, Rubus idaeus, add some small mint leaves for a delicious forager’s dessert.

Watercress

nasturtium officinale

 

May

I use the hot peppery leaves to add a kick to salads; their pungent flavour also makes flavoursome soups, sauces and flavoured butters and goes particularly well with eggs.

Lemon Balm

melissa officinalis

 

June

12 things to do with lemon balm.

Black Mustard

brasica nigra

 

June

Try frying them in a little oil with a handful of curry leaves, then fold through yoghurt to serve with meats and curries, or stir through rice to add texture and flavour.

Marsh Samphire

salicornia europaea

 

June

‘You don’t have to soak samphire before cooking it. Just blanch it for a minute and then refresh it in cold water,’ he tells me, as we survey a happy crowd of expectant lunchers in the Riverford Field Kitchen restaurant. ‘It couldn’t be easier.’
Master Veg Classes are taught by Riverford.

Sea Plantain

plantago maritima

 

June

Sweet fried plantains with sea salt and cinnamon

Sea Purslane

atriplex portulacoides

 

June

Blanching or steaming sea purslane gets rid of some of the salty flavours. It only needs a short amount of cooking though.

Sea Aster

aster tripolium

 

June

Sea aster leaves are practically built for rolling in wild sushi, but will also lift a salad or stir-fry to new heights.

Nasturtium

tropaeolum majus

 

June

How to use Nasturtiums in Food

Orange Day Lily

hemerocallis fulva

 

June

Young spring shoots and leaves under five inches taste similar to mild onions when fried in butter.

Common lime / linden

tilia cordata

 

June

1098 Lime recipes.

Ribwort plantain

plantago lanceolata

 

July

We toss the leaves in salads. Pick tender leaves in early spring before flower stalks appear. They can be eaten raw or cooked lightly.

Wild rocket, aka perennial, wall rocket

dilotaxa tenuifolia

 

July

10 best wild rocket salad recipes.

Fat hen

chenopodium album

 

July

Fat Hen has been chosen as one of the top ten best foraging courses in the UK by Countryfile. Fat hen food recipes from The Guardian

Good king henry

blitum bonus-henricus

 

July

Pick the leaves when young and cook them as you would spinach. Wash the leaves well and pick double the amount you think you will need. They can be added to a herb salad or make a good accompaniment to grilled fish.

Spear-leaved orache

atriplex prostrata

 

July

Superb salad leaf when young, and as a spinach substitute when mature.

pineapple weed

matricaria discoidea

 

July

Pineapple weed flower s and leaves are a tasty finger food while hiking or toss in salads. Flowers can also be dried out and crushed so that it can be used as flour. As with chamomile, pineapple weed is very good as a tea. Pineapple weed flowers may become bitter by the time the plant blooms, but are still good to eat.

Mugwort

artemesia vulgaris

Mugwort pollen frequently causes allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma symptoms in sensitized individuals. Such adverse reactions are particularly common in Europe and the western United States during the mugwort pollen season which runs from late summer to fall. During the pollen season, people with mugwort allergy may notice their symptoms get worse or they may experience oral allergy symptoms when they eat foods that contain proteins that resemble those found in mugwort. This phenomenon is known as cross-reactivity between mugwort pollen and food allergens.

July

meadowsweet

filipendula ulmaria

 

August

In spring the young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked as a green.

japanese rose

rosa rugosa

 

August

Rose petal in honey

alexanders

Alexanders is
Smyrnium olusatrum
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Umbellifer family

 

August

How to forage and cook alexanders.

water pepper

persicaria hydropiper

 

August

Soup.

wild marjoram

origanum vulgare

 

August

It is the perfect herb for seasoning meat but also works well when added to a medley of roast vegetables or fish and chicken stews, soups and casseroles. It also works well with dishes that include eggs or cheese.

sweet woodruff

galium odoratum

 

August

May Wine - Steep sprigs of dried sweet woodruff and crushed strawberries (sweetened with sugar if tart) in white wine in the refrigerator overnight, then strain the wine and serve it in a punch bowl garnished with whole strawberries and fresh sweet woodruff sprigs.

black mulberry

morus nigra

 

August

Mulberries work well as a substitute to blackberries and raspberries in recipes. They make excellent ices, fools and summer puddings, as well as jellies and jams. Best of all, eat them raw with sugar and cream.

white mulberry

morus alba

 

August

Eat 1 small handful per day. Add to smoothies, salads, desserts, yogurt or cereal

common hazel

corylus avellana

 

August

The name "hazelnut" applies to the nuts of any of the species of the genus Corylus. This hazelnut or cobnut, the kernel of the seed, is edible and used raw or roasted, or ground into a paste.

elder

sambucus nigra

 

September

Flowers & fruit. Make sure you always process the flowers and cook the ripe black berries, and never eat any of the green parts, they will make you very sick.

porcini

boletus edulis

 

September

The word cep is a Gascon term for the Boletus edulis mushroom (called ‘porcino’ in Italian). The same mushroom is called the ‘penny bun’ in English. This mushroom is generally agreed by connoisseurs to be among the finest eating mushrooms.

cherry plum

prunus cerasifera

 

September

As Cherry plums are considered a benchmark cooking plum, sure bets would be to preserve and jam, make pies and crumbles, but fresh-eating should be the first choice to experience the unique flavors of the Cherry plum.

rowan

sorbus aucuparia

 

September

The fruit, depending on the cultivar, can actually be toxic in some cases, but most of that toxicity fades if heated or frozen for extended periods of time. Commonly, the berries are used in alcoholic beverages or liqueurs, but can also be used as a bitter side flavoring of certain game dishes. They are also commonly pressed into jams and jellies.

red sentinel crab apple

malus x robusta

 

September

Make crabapple jelly

blackberry

rubus fruticosus

 

September

35 blackberry recipes

wild plum

prunus domestica

 

September

Tart Wild plums can be eaten fresh, but are often canned and preserved as jams, jellies, sauces, or syrups. They make great pies, tarts, and buckles. Wild plums are used to flavor liqueurs and wines.

pied de mouton (Hedgehog Mushroom)

hydnum repandum

 

October

I will simply crumble them into sizzling foamy butter with a slivered shallot and serve them on toast, to begin. Then I will toss some into the pot with some chicken that I have browned and crispened and then combined with some wilted onions, shallots, pine nuts and spices, and smother them, top tight on the pan, with a splash of white wine, until the juices mingle and caramelize at the bottom. This will be nice with some courgettes.

wood avens

geum urbanum

 

October

I make a rich, clove scented syrup by simmering the cleaned roots in 2:1 sugar:water solution for 5 minutes then leaving to infuse for a few weeks. The resulting syrup will keep well if you add a wee glug of neutral spirit. I then use it to sweeten cocktails, aromatised wines, desserts etc.

horn of plenty

craterellus cornucopioides

 

October

Horns of plenty woodland mushrooms have a deliciously rich flavour that works well with creamy sauces or in soups or stews with chicken, polenta or pasta. Clean them carefully before use to get rid of any grit.

dog rose

rosa canina

 

October

Rose hips are used for tisanes, jam, jelly, syrup, rose hip soup, beverages, pies, bread, wine, and marmalade.

Emergency Outdoors details many more edible wild plants

common sorrel

rumex acetosella

 

October

10 recipes for soups, salad and main dishes

procumbent yellow sorrel (Creeping Wood Sorrel)

oxalis corniculata

 

October

Refreshing drink, raw leaves or flowers can be used in salads.

hawthorn

crataegus monogyna

 

November

Jelly, sauce and soup

sweet chestnut

castanea sativa

 

November

Vacuum-packed chestnuts are of variable quality. The best are made from whole, unbroken nuts and work well in soups, stuffings, stews and sauces.

wood blewit

clitocybe nuda

 

November

See difference between edible Wood Blewit Mushroom and poisonous Cortinarius violaceous. Unfortunately there are some similar species that are very poisonous, so please see my Edible Mushrooms A-Z page for full description and pictures of Wood Blewits. And visit Wild Mushrooms Online, and Mushroom-Collecting.com for more.

Recipes for pickled or frying these mushrooms.

field blewit

lepista saeva

 

November

Blewit mushrooms can be eaten as a cream sauce or sautéed in butter, but it is important not to eat them raw, which could lead to indigestion. They can also be cooked like tripe or as omelette filling

scots pine

pinus sylvestris

 

November

Gather pine nuts, make pine needle tea and male pine cone flour.

juniper

juniperus communis

 

November

Recipes using juniper berries

quince

cydonia oblonga

 

November

Quince jelly and other recipes.

winter chanterelle

craterellus tubaeformis

 

December

These mushrooms grow during the pheasant shooting season and fit naturally in any game casseroles, pies or stews – see the recipe for Pheasants with winter chanterelles and root vegetables.

blackthorn

prunus spinosa

 

December

The berries are known as ‘sloes’ and these are very popular for making ‘sloe gin’, a potent alcoholic drink which if made with lots of sugar is more like a liqueur.

yarrow

achillea millefolium

 

December

Yarrow with pasta

wall bellflower

campanula porten-schlagiana

 

December

Leaves and flowers. An evergreen plant, the mild flavoured but rather chewy leaves can be eaten all year round, whilst the flowers are produced in late spring and early summer - The flowers have a pleasant sweet flavour and make a decorative addition to the salad bowl.

salad burnet

sanguisorba minor

 

December

Salad and soup garnish.

hairy bittercress

cardamine hirsuta

 

December

Risotto

cockspur

crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia'

 

December

Cockspur jelly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Peppers

 

Hot peppers can make you feel like your mouth is on fire. The American Chemical Society explains the science behind that burn and why drinking water is one of the worse things you can do to ease that pain.

The chemical compound responsible for the burning sensation you can get when eating spicy foods is called capsaicin. It binds to pain receptors in your mouth, which then can trigger a reaction like your eyes tearing up or your nose running. The video explains that capsaicin is a non-polar molecule and dissolves in other non-polar molecules, so drinking milk, which contains non-polar molecules, will give you relief. (No wonder that Thai and Indian cuisines, often so spicy, incorporate a lot of dairy into their meals.)

Water on the other hand? It’s a polar substance and it will just spread the capsaicin around your mouth making the heat even worse.

A few other ingredients can help you cool your mouth after eating spicy foods:-
Milk helps by mixing with the capsaicin (that hot-tasting chemical), so you can swallow it and get it away from the heat receptors on your tongue that are going haywire. Other dairy products have the same effect, which explains why sour cream is a popular taco topping and why you can order a yogurt-based lassi to drink with your favorite curry.

Oils work the same way, which means foods like peanut butter will help. High-proof alcohol can do the same. Carb-heavy foods like rice and bread can mop up the capsaicin, while sugar and honey interfere with your ability to feel the heat (even though the capsaicin is still in your mouth.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are 180 families in the Wildflowers of the UK and they have been split up into 22 Galleries to allow space for up to 100 plants per gallery.

Each plant named in each of the Wildflower Family Pages may have a link to:-

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(the families within "The Pocket Guide to Wild Flowers" by David McClintock & R.S.R. Fitter, Published in 1956 are not in Common Name alphabetical order and neither are the common names of the plants detailed within each family. These families within that book will have their details described as shown in the next column starting from page 1 in February 2017 until all the families have been completed on page 307.

This may take a few months of my time before I get to the Adder's Tongue Family on page 307.

The information in the above book is back-referenced to the respective page in "Flora of the British Isles" by A.R. Clapham of University of Sheffield,
T.G. Tutin of University College, Leicester and
E.F. Warburg of University of Oxford printed by Cambridge at the University Press in 1952 for each plant in all the families)

followed by

No. of Plants of that Family

that have a row with their details in their flower colour in this central data table;

and then

the relevant entries in the Habitat Index Pages and other charact-eristics in other Index Pages in the Page Menu / Index Table on the right
(with over-flow in another table below the flower colour in the central data table and then onto
contin-uation pages)

within this gallery

Adder's Tongue

Amaranth

Arrow-Grass

Arum

Balsam

Bamboo

Barberry 2

Bedstraw

Beech

Bellflower

Bindweed

Birch

Birds-Nest

Birthwort

Bogbean

Bog Myrtle

Borage

Box

Broomrape

Buckthorn

Buddleia

Bur-reed

Buttercup 45

Butterwort

Cornel (Dogwood)

Crowberry

Crucifer (Cabbage/Mustard) 1

Crucifer (Cabbage/Mustard) 2

Cypress

Daffodil

Daisy

Daisy Cudweeds

Daisy Chamomiles

Daisy Thistle

Daisy Catsears

Daisy Hawkweeds

Daisy Hawksbeards

Daphne

Diapensia

Dock Bistorts

Dock Sorrels

Clubmoss

Duckweed

Eel-Grass

Elm

Filmy Fern

Horsetail

Polypody

Quillwort

Royal Fern

Figwort - Mulleins

Figwort - Speedwells

Flax

Flowering-Rush

Frog-bit

Fumitory 3

Gentian

Geranium

Glassworts

Gooseberry

Goosefoot

Grass 1

Grass 2

Grass 3

Grass Soft Bromes 1

Grass Soft Bromes 2

Grass Soft Bromes 3

Hazel

Heath

Hemp

Herb-Paris

Holly

Honeysuckle

Horned-Pondweed

Hornwort 2

Iris

Ivy

Jacobs Ladder

Lily

Lily Garlic

Lime

Lobelia

Loosestrife

Mallow

Maple

Mares-tail

Marsh Pennywort

Melon (Gourd/Cucumber)

Mesem-bryanthemum

Mignonette

Milkwort

Mistletoe

Moschatel

Naiad

Nettle

Nightshade

Oleaster

Olive

Orchid 1

Orchid 2

Orchid 3

Orchid 4

Parnassus-Grass

Peaflower

Peaflower Clover 1

Peaflower Clover 2

Peaflower Clover 3

Peaflower Vetches/Peas

Peony 1

Periwinkle

Pillwort

Pine

Pink 1

Pink 2

Pipewort

Pitcher-Plant

Plantain

Pondweed

Poppy 9

Primrose

Purslane

Rannock Rush

Reedmace

Rockrose

Rose 1

Rose 2

Rose 3

Rose 4

Rush

Rush Woodrushes

Saint Johns Wort

Saltmarsh Grasses

Sandalwood

Saxifrage

Seaheath

Sea Lavender

Sedge Rush-like

Sedges Carex 1

Sedges Carex 2

Sedges Carex 3

Sedges Carex 4

Spindle-Tree

Spurge

Stonecrop

Sundew

Tamarisk

Tassel Pondweed

Teasel

Thyme 1

Thyme 2

Umbellifer 1

Umbellifer 2

Valerian

Verbena

Violet

Water Fern

Waterlily 3

Water Milfoil

Water Plantain

Water Starwort

Waterwort

Willow

Willow-Herb

Wintergreen

Wood-Sorrel

Yam

Yew

Total 65

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