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Some late Summer flowers (July)

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FOXGLOVE Digitalis purpurea

Found in the heathland and woodland clearings.

Photo: 6th July 2006. Heathland.  All parts of the plant are poisonous.

ROSEBAY WILLOW HERB or FIREWEED Chamerion angustifolium

Tall spikes of flowers on woodland edges, throughout the forest. Prolific windborne seeds. Quickly colonised the bombed areas during the second world war, which gave it the name Fireweed.

Photo: 6th July 2006. Cabin Hill.

COMMON MALLOW Malva sylvestris

Found in waste places and wood edges in the forest.

Photo: 6th July 2006. By the lake.

COMMON KNAPWEED or HARDHEADS Centaurea nigra

Found in the wild flower meadows and tall grassland areas.

Photo: 6th July 2006 on Hog Hill.

CREEPING THISTLE Cirsium arvense

Found on the farm and throughout the forest in waste places.

Perennial, spreads by rhizomes and also masses of airborne seeds.

A favourite food of the Goldfinch.

Photo: 6th July 2006. On the farm.

BRISTLY OX-TONGUE Picris echioides

Found throughout the forest in waste places and long grass. Leaves rough.

photo: 6th July 2006. Latchford meadow.

SELF HEAL Prunella vulgaris

Found throughout the forest in short grassland. It is a short plant and is often found with Bird's- foot trefoil. It is a member of the deadnettle family and has square stems. Pink coloured forms can be found in the forest.

Photo: 6th July 2006. Near Woodhenge.

WILD PANSY Viola tricolor

Found in bare earth and short grassland near Woodhenge. It is becoming rare due to the large rabbit population in the area.

Photo: 6th July 2006. Near Woodhenge.

SCARLET PIMPERNEL or POOR MAN'S WEATHER GLASS Anagallis arvensis. Flowers open 8am-2pm. Closed in dull or wet weather. Hence its second name. An annual plant of bare ground and waste places.

Photo: 6th July 2006. Hainault Lodge Reserve.

SCENTLESS MAYWEED Tripleurospermum inodorum

An annual of waste places, and path edges.

Photo: 10th July 2006. Hainault Oak path.

MARSH CUDWEED Gnaphalium uliginosum

A small annual which occurs in ruts on the path from the Common to Cabin Hill, which is always wet. The short hairs on the leaves give it a silvery appearance. Photo: 6th July 2006.

CREEPING CINQUEFOIL Potentilla reptans

Found in the short grassland areas of the forest. The flowers have 4 or 5 petals and the leaves are divided into 5 leaflets. Compare it with Tormentil on the Summer flowers page. Photo: 9th July 2006. Plantation.

PINEAPPLE WEED Matricaria discoides

A small plant found on the edges of paths, car parks and waste places throughout the forest.  A pineapple scent.

Photo: 12th July 2006. Retreat Path.

WOODY NIGHTSHADE or BITTERSWEET Solanum dulcamara. It is often erroneously referred to as Deadly nightshade which is another related plant. It is a climber and covered in red berries in autumn. They are not edible. Waste ground and woodland edges. Photo: 12th July 2006 by the lake outfall.