Echium vulgare vipers bugloss blooms in a meadow

Viper’s-Bugloss (Echium Vulgare)

Viper’s-bugloss is a flowering herbaceous plant belonging to the family Boraginaceae. They are perennial plants with an erect stem, hairy leaves and many dense spikes of bright blue or violet funnel-shaped flowers. The scientific name Echium vulgare has two meanings: “vulgar” (common) and “A city of Lydia” (Echium = Echioion). The word “Bugloss” comes from …

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Close-up image of violet high altitude wildflowers

Monkshood (Aconitum Napellus)

Common monkshood is a perennial herb belonging to the genus aconitum and family Ranunculaceae. It is native to Europe and North America; introduced to Australia, New Zealand and parts of East Asia, where it is considered invasive because it has displaced native plants. It is also known as wolfsbane, old wives hood, soldiers helmet, dogs …

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Common knapweed

Knapweed (Centaurea Nigra)

The common knapweed (centaurea nigra), also known by many other common names (lesser knapweed, black knapweed, and brown knapweed) is a flowering plant that is a member of the daisy family. It is native to Europe and North Africa, but has become invasive in some other parts of the world. What Does Knapweed Look Like? …

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Muscovy duck close-up

Muscovy Duck (Cairina Moschata)

The Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) is a member of the waterfowl family, which also includes Canada geese, brant, and swan. The Muscovy’s closest relative is the domestic mallard which has been hunted to extinction in its native North America. The Muscovy duck is the only type of domestic duck breed that didn’t descend from the …

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Marsh Tit resting on a branch

Marsh Tit (Poecile Palustris)

A tiny little bird, the marsh tit belongs to the genus Poecile. They are members of the tit family of passerines which includes other easily recognisable birds such as buntings. However, they can be easily confused with the great tit, coal tits and willow tits, but they are all indeed separate species. Marsh Tit Identification …

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Lythrum salicaria, purple loosestrife flowers

Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

Purple loosestrife is an invasive perennial herbaceous plant that grows on the shores of lakes and rivers as well as in moist, shaded areas around ponds and marshes. The closest relative of purple loosestrife is another invasive plant called yellow loosestrife (“Lythrum salicaria”). The two are known for forming impenetrable stands where they grow, causing …

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