Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Dame's-violet (Hesperis matronalis)

Medium to tall erect plant, stems unbranched. Leaves lanceolate and short stalked. The flowers are large, white or purple, 15 to 20 mm, in broad panicles and they are fragrant.

A perennial, or sometimes biennial, herb. It is often well-naturalised, but only where there is little competition. Casual plants occur on tips and in waste places.

May to July.

Craven rock

Monday, 22 June 2015

White Stonecrop (Sedum album)

White stonecrop is a tufted perennial herb that forms mat-like stands. Much of the year the stems are short, semi prostrate and densely clad in leaves. At the flowering time in July and August, the stems lengthen and are erect, occasionally branched and often pinkish-brown. The leaves are alternate, fleshy and nearly cylindrical with a blunt, rounded tip. They are also sometimes tinged with pink, especially in drought-stressed plants. The starry flowers form a dense cyme. The calyx has five fleshy sepals fused at the base, the corolla consists of five regular white petals, there are ten stamens, a separate gynoecium and five pistils. The fruit is five united, many-seeded follicles.

White stonecrop is a low-growing plant that cannot compete with more vigorous fast-growing species. It is specially adapted for growing on thin dry soils and can be found on walls, dry banks, seashore rocks and in rocky meadows.

Stonecrop family,

Craven Rock

White Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi)

A pretty white form of our native Ragged Robin. Masses of starry white flowers in early summer over a low clump of foliage. Thrives in damp, part-shaded

Pink family

Tong Park

Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens)

A bristly plant usually of 30 to 60 cm in height. Stems branched, stem leaves unstalked. Flowers bright blue with a white scaly throat 8 to 10 mm in small long-stalked leafy cymes.

Damp or shady habitats, woodland margins, hedge banks and cultivated land.

Borage Family

Rodley Nature Reserve

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Crowfoot Plant

More commonly associated with bare muddy ground close to water rather than in streams, this is a difficult plant to distinguish from other similar-looking crowfoot since several of them also have ivy-shaped leaves. The fact that it is not actually in flowing water is a key factor.

The flowers are small and have five petals with sepals that are almost the same length.

 Buttercup Family,

Tong Park/ Baildon


Tong Park



Bog Stitchwort (Stellaria alsine)

Short, bluish green creeping plant, stems spreading to ascending, square, hairless and smooth. Leaves elliptical to lanceolate, pointed unstalked (except on overwintering shoots). Flowers 5 to 7 mm, sepals longer than the deeply cleft petals.

Damp places, wet ditches, marshes and water margins.

May to June

 Pink Family,

Tong Park

Hoary Cress (Lepidium draba)

Medium to tall greyish plant. Basal leaves oblong, pointed, deeply toothed and long stalked. Stem leaves clasping. Flowers white 5 to 6 mm in dense umbel like clusters

Waste and disturbed ground, roadsides, field margins.

Flowering time May and June.

Cabbage Family

Road just of from park.


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Field Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis arvensis var. sylvestris)

Low to short plant, softly hairy. Branched at the base. Basal leaves in lax rosette. Flowers bright grey-blue saucer shaped. 3 to 5 mm *calyx* closed in fruit the tube with numerous hooked hairs.

Dry habitats and arable soils/April to October/Annual or biennial.

the sepals of a flower, typically forming a whorl that encloses the petals and forms a protective layer around a flower in bud.

18/May/ 2018
Burley Gravel Pits