Getting to grips with wild flowers

Woodruff

I identified some more wild flowers for the first time this week whilst at Moorhouse Woods and Hawthorn Dene. Woodruff (Galium odoratum) was one of them, a distinctive plant due to the leaf whorls beneath it’s cluster of white flowers. I later found out that the leaves contain an aromatic substance called coumarin, which is used to flavour liqeurs!

The other wild flowers I identified for the first time were Red Campion (Silene Dioica), Sweet Violet (Viola Odorata), Garlic Mustard (Alliaria Petiolata), Wood Forget-me-not (Myosotis Sylvatica)Early Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula) and Cowslip (Primula Veris).

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