Plants

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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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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Marsh marigold flowers in forest during sprintime

Marsh Marigold (Caltha Palustris)

Marsh marigold (caltha palustris) is a member of the buttercup family. It is also known as king cup, caltha biflora (in Europe), and potamogeton cymbalaria (in Latin America). Identification The Marsh marigold is a low growing large buttercup-like flower with heart-shaped scalloped leaves and bright orange or yellow flowers that bloom from March through June. …

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Large field of white anemone flowers in spring

Wood Anemone (Anemone Nemorosa)

Wood anemones (scientific name Anemone nemorosa) are flowers in the Ranunculaceae family, which is in the buttercup family. It grows in large patches or colonies, which can produce a spectacular sight when blooming in large groups. As one steps into deciduous woodland carpeted by the species, over time, the feet are usually enveloped by carpets …

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close up of Linaria vulgaris, names are common toadflax, yellow toadflax, or butter-and-eggs, blooming in the summer

Toadflax (Linaria Vulgaris)

The name “Toadflax” is mostly used to refer to “Linaria vulgaris”. However, the Linaria genus actually encompasses over 600 species of plants. The genus name “Linaria” comes from a Greek word meaning “lion’s mouth”. The species name “vulgaris”, derived from Latin, means “common”. Toadflax is also sometimes called rabbit flower, butter-and-eggs, wild snapdragon or eyebright. …

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Cowslip (Primula Veris)

Cowslip (Primula Veris)

The cowslip, scientific name Primula Veris, is a wildflower that belongs to the primrose family. It also goes by the name common cowslip, cowslip primrose, key flower, and flower of heaven. It is the county flower of Surrey, Worcestershire, and Northamptonshire. What Does a Cowslip Look Like? The cowslip flower is typically a deep yellow …

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