Devil's Bit Scabious
Wild Flowers
Addenda 2014
To see a World in a grain of sand,
And Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour

William Blake

 
from January 2014
Link to Trees 2009 - 2014
Adur Nature 2014
Sussex Wild Flora
Wild Flora on Chalk  on  flickr

Wild Flowers 2015

26 December 2014
A Field Scabious, Knautia arvensis, was spotted in flower! (July to September is the usual range). The stem was only 50 mm long and just the one flower was spotted at Anchor Bottom.

Report by Helen Swyer on Adur Valley & Downs  facebook


25 December 2014

Lesser Celandine
Southwick

20 November 2014

Lesser Burdock
Common Mallow
Rose Hips

10 - 15 November 2014
 

 Hawkweed Ox-tongue
 Pistil of Pencilled Cranesbill
 Rough Hawkbit

Rain and the occasional gale and paucity of wild flowers have prevented any photographs.

4 November 2014
 

Bristly Ox-tongue

2 November 2014
 

Bloody Cranesbill

Bloody Cranesbill is a native English plant but most incidents are now probably garden escapes. These specimens are still flowering in my wild front garden. These are the horticulturalspecies/variety Pencilled Cranesbill, Geranium versicolor &/or Geranium x oxonianum, Cultivar: 'Claridge Druce'.

20 October 2014
 

Viper's Bugloss
 Viper's Bugloss
Lesser Hawkbit
Dandelion &
Bumblebee 

Down's Link Cyclepath (Old Shoreham - Upper Beeding)

Flowers recorded included Small Scabious and Yellow Wort at Anchor Bottom before the first spots of rain, and Viper's Bugloss on the Down's Link Cyclepath.

19 October 2014
 

 Rough Hawkbit
 Smooth Hawk's-beard
Crepis capillaris
Lesser Hawkbit, Leontodon saxatilis

Cichorioid Daisies are the "dandelion-like" plants with heads with containing only ligulate (strap-like) florets.
With Dandelion and Hawkweed species there is over 1000 species in Britain - and most of them are yellow-flowered.
 

  Spider on Carline Thistle
Scarlet Pimpernel
 Wild Basil
Wild Basil 

No butterflies were present on Mill Hill in a substantial breeze (Force 5). The purpose of the trip was to try out my new camera on still subjects as the only critters vaguely noteworthy were two Common Darters, a bumblebee and a grasshopper over the lower slopes. In circumstances like this I make a mental note of the relatively few wild plants still in flower: Carline Thistle, Rough Hawkbit, Bristly Ox-tongue, a few diminutive Smooth Hawk's-beard, Crepis capillaris, one Lesser Centuary, a few Great Knapweed, a few Lesser Knapweed (=Hardheads), a few Wild Basil, one Ragwort, one Scarlet Pimpernel, one Creeping Thistle, one Sow Thistle, one Hogweed bush and that was all that were seen on the lower slopes and southern part of Mill Hill Nature Reserve. (The top part of Mill Hill would have added more, but it was too breezy for comfort.)
In Shoreham town, I noted a Common Daisy (one), Dandelions and Nipplewort in flower.

16 October 2014
I noted in passing Bristly Ox-tongue,Yarrow, Rough Hawkbit, Red Clover,Toadflax and Melilot. And Wild Parsnip still around and Bloody Cranesbill in my wild front garden. But this was just a casual cycle detour to the outskirts for some fresh air.

14 October 2014
 

Bloody Cranesbill
Geranium x oxonianum, Cultivar: 'Claridge Druce'

5 October 2014
 

 
 
Hawkweed Ox-tongue
Picris hieracioides
 Cat's Ear ??
 
 
Near Shoreham Redoubt, Shoreham Beach
Near Shoreham Redoubt, Shoreham Beach

5 October 2014
 

 Sea Campion
Cat's Ear 
Thrift 

Near Shoreham Coastwatch, Shoreham Beach

2 & 16 October 2014
 

 
 
 Rough Hawkbit
Rough Hawkbit 
 
 
Top of Chanctonbury Drive, north Shoreham
Downs Link Cyclepath at Old Shoreham

1 October 2014
 

Bristly Ox-tongue
Downs Link Cyclepath, Old Shoreham


 
 Creeping Thistle
 Teasel
 Lesser Burdock
 

18 September 2014
 

 
 Bramble
 Wayfaring
 

16 - 18 September 2014
 

 Carline Thistle
 Poppies
 Snowberry
 Wild Basil

14 September 2014
 

Sea Kale

Shoreham Fort Beach

10 - 11 September 2014
 

 
                                                  Sea
Campion
 
 
 Rock Samphire
 

Shoreham Fort Beach

9 September 2014
 

 
 
 Herb 
Robert
 
 

7 September 2014
 

 Hop Trefoil
Hop Trefoil 
 Yarrow
 Wild Thyme

Anchor Bottom, 1, 2 & 4
Upper Beeding, road verge 3

6 September 2014
 

 Brooklime
Herb Robert 
 Teasel
Blackberries

2 September 2014
 

 
Sloe Berries
 Water Mint
 Water Mint
 

Down's Link Cyclepath, Old Shoreham

2 September 2014
 
 Small Scabious
 Tall Melilot
Hawkweed Ox-tongue ???
 Marjoram

1. Anchor Bottom, Upper Beeding
2, 3, 4  Down's Link Cyclepath

31 August 2014
 
 Sea Aster
 Brooklime
Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil 

28 August 2014
 

Hawkbits
Devil's Bit Scabious
Carline Thistle
Wild Basil
Devil's Bit Scabious

Carline Thistle
Mill Hill

24 August 2014

Common Poppy

23 - 24 August 2014
 

 Brooklime
 Sea Aster
 Red Bartsia
Fleabane

Adur Levels

19 - 21 August 2014
 

 Wild Carrot *
 Bittersweet
 Bittersweet
 Hogweed 

 * The larva of the midge Kiefferia pericarpiicola causes a striking gall to form primarily in the flowerheads of the host plant which is usually Wild Carrot. The galls occur in clusters. Each gall starts off greenish-yellow and eventually turns bright purplish-red to brown; it is up to 5mm in diameter and contains a single orange larva of the midge. The gall is seen more often than the adult midge.

19 August 2014
 

 Bittersweet
 Teasel
 Greater Knapweed
 Wild Carrot

14 - 15 August 2014
 

 Red Bartsia
 Carline Thistle
 Hawthorn
 Wild Carrot 

7 - 8 August 2014
 
 Hogweed
Wild Carrot 
Perforate St. John's Wort 
 Ragwort

7 August 2014
 

Dwarf Thistle
 Ploughman's Spikenard
 Round-headed Rampion
 Field Bindweed

Mill Hill

5 August 2014
 

Mayweed

1 August 2014
 

Ploughman's Spikenard 
Hardhead 
Violet leaves
 Greater Knapweed
30 July 2014

Mill Hill
including Ploughman's Spikenard

27 - 30 July 2014
 

 Yarrow
Tufted Vetch 
 Marjoram

25 July 2014
 

 Carline Thistle
 Autumn Gentian
 Wild Basil
 Yellow Wort

Mill Hill

23 July 2014
 
Mugwort 
 Hogweed
 Melilot
 Greater Knapweed

22 July 2014
 

 
 Fine-leaved Water Dropwort
 Dwarf Thistle
 Hardhead
(=Lesser Knapweed)
 

21 July 2014
 

 Carline Thistle
 Common Poppies
 Hemp Agrimony

Mill Hill

20 July 2014
 

 Hare's Foot Clover 
Hare's Foot Clover
 Childing Pink
Childing Pink

Shoreham Beach


 

Old Shoreham Cyclepath

17 July 2014
 

 Harebell
 Hemp Agrimony
 Self-heal
 Bellflower

includes Common Valerian
Steyning Downs

13 July 2014
 

 Marbled White
Stemless Thistle
 Common Poppy
 Lower Slopes of Mill Hill
 Marbled White
Greater Knapweed

Mill Hill

10 July 2014
 

 Teasel
 Great Mullein
 Scentless Mayweed
 Field Bindweed

7 July 2014
 

 Field Scabious
 Dwarf Thistle
Vervain
 Musk Thistle

As we have passed mid-summer, many more chalkhill herbs were beginning to flower on Mill Hill, notably Hawkbits, Yellow Wort, Greater Knapweed,  Musk Thistle, Centaury, Small Scabious, Field Scabious, Marjoram, but only the first of Stemless Thistle, Wild Basil, Great Mullein and one budding Round-headed Rampion. Autumn Gentian appeared above the short turf but it was not yet flowering.

Mill Hill

6 July 2014
 

Dotted Loosestrife 
 Spear Thistle
 Marjoram
Meadow Vetchling 
 Greater Knapweed

4- 5 July 2014
 

 English Stonecrop
 Common Mallow
 Feverfew
Feverfew 

2 July 2014
 

Yellow-horned Poppy
Hare's Foot Clover 
Childing Pink
Childing Pink

1 July 2014
 

 Starry
Clover 
 Hare's 
Foot  Clover 
 Starry Clover
 Hare's Foot Clover 
Childing Pink 

Shoreham Beach

30 June 2014
 

 Musk Mallow
 Lesser Burdock
 Marjoram
 Hardhead
(=Lesser Knapweed)
 Bellflower
 Tufted Vetch

29 June 2014
 

 Chicory
 Fumitory
 Self-heal
 Common Poppies

27 June 2014
 

 Silver Ragwort
Red Valerian
Silver Ragwort 
 Lesser Burdock
 Great Willowherb

Beach (first 3)


 Lady's Bedstraw
Galium verum
Lady's Bedstraw
Galium verum
 Hedge Bedstraw
Galium mollugo
 Tall Melilot

Outskirts of Shoreham

26 June 2014
 
 Spotted Orchid
 Restharrow
 Greater Knapweed
 Ox-eye Daisy

23 June 2014
 

 Ox-eye Daisies
 Ox-eye Daisy
 Restharrow
Purple Toadflax
Spotted Orchids 
 Pyramidal 
Orchids
Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil & Kidney Vetch 

Buckingham Cutting (south)

22 - 23 June 2014
 

 Musk Mallow
Musk Mallow
 English Stonecrop
English Stonecrop

19 June 2014
 

 Cleavers (or Goosegrass)
Galium aparine
 Ox-eye Daisies
Rosebay Willowherb
 Viper's Bugloss
Echium vulgare

Adur Cyclepath, Old Shoreham


 Creeping Thistle
 Viper's Bugloss
 Dropwort
 Hedge Woundwort
 Greater Knapweed
Hedge Woundwort 
Broad-leaved  Willowherb 
Perforate St John's Wort
 Southern Marsh Orchid
 
 Meadow Vetchling 

10 June 2014
 

 Creeping Cinquefoil
Silverweed
 White Clover
Red Clover

9 June 2014
 

Dropwort 
 Self-heal
Bladder Campion
 White Campion

Mill Hill

7 June 2014Viper's Bugloss
 

 Ribwort Plantain
Starry Clover 
Trifolium stellatum
 Rough Clover
Trifolium scabrum

Early June 2014

4 June 2014
 
 

Yellow-horned Poppy and Kidney Vetch

Southwick Beach

2 June 2014
 
 Common Vetch
 Common Spotted Orchid
 Yellow Rattle

1 June 2014
 

 Charlock
Sinapis arvensis
 Sea Kale
 Sea Campion
 Slender Thistle

Flowers on Shoreham Beach were blossoming in the sunshine for the
annual Friends of Shoreham Beach Wild Flower Walk.

Late May 2014
 

 Viper's Bugloss
 Seaside Aster 
Erigeron glaucus
Seaside Aster 
Erigeron glaucus
Red Valerian 

 
 Red Hot Poker
Kniphofia uvaria
 Sea Thrift
Slender Thistle
 Silver Ragwort

Shoreham Beach

25 May 2014
 

 Deadly Nightshade
 Fairy Flax
Dropwort 
White Campion

Late May 2014
 

 Meadow Buttercup
Marsh Marigold 
 Herb Robert
Scarlet Pimpernel 


19 May 2014
Shoreham beach was in bloom. Of most notice were the large amounts of Red Valerian, flowering Sea Kale, swathes of Sea Thrift, clumps of Sea Campion, and the Tree Mallow as I cycled past.
 

 Sea Thrift
Sea Campion
 Tree Mallow
Hoary Cress

Shoreham Beach Vegetation List

15 May 2014
 

Hairy Violet
 Hounds-tongue
 White Bryony
 Brooklime

4 & 5 May 2014
 

 Green-winged Orchid
 White Campion
Deadly Nightshade
 Hounds-tongue
30 April 2014
 
 Water Cress
 Water Cress & Marsh Marigold
Marsh Marigold

27 April 2014
 

 Bulbous
Buttercup 
Water Cress & Marsh Marigold 
Marsh Marigold 

24 April 2014
 

 Herb Robert
  Water Forget-me-not
 Water Cress
Water Cress 

23 April 2014
 

Horseshoe Vetch 
 Common Daisies
 Hawthorn
 Germander Speedwell

17 April 2014
 

 Arum
Hawthorn
Hawthorn
 White Deadnettle

16 April 2014
 

  Pendulous Sedge
Carex pendula
 Carline Thistle
 Horseshoe Vetch
 Milkwort

Mill Hill (last 3 only)

11 April 2014
 

 White Deadnettle
Garlic Mustard 
 Hawthorn (budding)
 Broad Bean

A few Bulbous Buttercups were spotted in flower on the edge of the cyclepath immedately north of Ropetackle on the northern side of the Railway Viaduct. One buttercup flower was visited by about a dozen pollen beetles, Meligethes.

9 -10 April 2014
 

 Bluebells
 Dove's Foot Cranesbill
 Dog Violet
Sweet Violets 

6 April 2014

Cowslips

3 April 2014
 

 Whitlowgrass
 The rosette is Buck's-horn Plantain, Plantago coronopus
  Bitter Cress 
Cardamine 
 Spring Starflower
 Ivy-leaved Speedwell

Shoreham Beach


 Cowslips
 Ground Ivy
 Red Deadnettle
Chickweed 

Outskirts of Shoreham

1 April 2014
 

 Field ? Mouse-ear
 Scurvy Grass 
Cochlearia 
 Red Deadnettle
Red Deadnettle

Lancing Beach (first two on the Widewater Flood Plain)
& Shoreham Beach (last two)


 Sea Beet
 Dandelion
 Stonecrop
 Lesser Celandine

Widewater Flood Plain

31 March 2014
 
 Dog Violets
 Dog Violets
 Sweet Violets

Mill Hill

Adur Violets

28 March 2014
 

White Deadnettle
Red Campion
White Comfrey
Primroses 
 Ground Ivy
Red Deadnettle 
 Lesser Celandine

21 March 2014  (first 2)
27 March 2014  (second 2)
 

Green Alkanet
Blackthorn
Cowslips
 Red Deadnettle

13 March 2014
 

 Lesser Celandine
 Primroses 
 Sweet Violets
 Sweet Violets

Mill Hill

10 March 2014
 

 
 Field Speedwell
 Common Daisy
 Red Deadnettle
 

Near Middle Road Allotments

4 March 2014
 

Lesser Celandine
Hyacinth Squill

Cyclepath, north of Old Shoreham

27 February 2014
The first five buds of Lesser Celandine were seen on the road verges at Kingston Buci.

13 February 2014
 

 Daffodils
Primroses 
Snowdrops

1 January 2014
The first wild flower recorded in 2014 was Dandelion, although a few Buttercups were in flower in my front garden.
 

Wild Flowers in January



Wild Flower Reports 2013

Adur Nature Reports 2014


Wild Flowers 2008
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea (List)


British Wild Flowers (photographs of all)

Parts of a Flower

Pollination Power

A Layman's Guide to British Wild Flowers

Botanical Latin

Wild Flower Society

List of the vascular plants of Britain and Ireland

Alphabetical LIst of British Wild Plants

Plant Glossary

Flower Terminology

Wild Flower Key



flickr

Sussex Wild Flora

Flora & Fauna on Chalk



Books
 

Comparative Plant Ecology (book)
Interactive Flora of the British Isles: DVD ROM


SquinancywortLady's BedstrawVervainEyebrightWild BasilLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2009 web pagesLink to the Adur 2010 Nature Notes pagesLink to the Adur 2012 Nature Notes pages