August

Flowering now:  Hedge Parsley; Hemp Agrimony; Common/Black Knapweed, Keeled Garlic; Ragwort; St. John’s Wort; Teasel

COMMON KNAPWEED – CENTAUREA NIGRA

Other Common English names: Black Knapweed; Hardheads: Welsh: Bengaled

Common Knapweed-Centaurea

Bryn Euryn

Daisy Family: Asteraceae

Flowering: June, July, August, September

Height: medium, up to 1m; flowers: brush-like, purple, rayed or not, the bracts are pale brown with blackish-brown appendages; stem: stiff & downy, markedly swollen beneath the flowerhead; leaves: alternate, oblong.

 

Habitat: Resembling a thistle without any prickles, Knapweed is a well-known perennial plant which grows in abundance in a wide variety of habitats and is an important nectar source for a wide variety of insects. ___________________________________________________________________________________

HEMP AGRIMONY- eupatorium CANNABINum

13/8/2012-Bryn Euryn

13/8/2012-Bryn Euryn

Daisy Family: Asteraceae

Flowering: June, July, August, September

Height: tall, up to 1.5m flowers: umbel-like clusters of flower heads, each 1-2cm across & consisting of yellow disc florets and pink/lilac ray florets; leaves: trifloiate, in opposite pairs up the stem

Habitat: Damp grassland & scrub on chalk

Where to see it: Bryn Euryn; Bryn Pydew;

4/8/14-Hemp Agrimony with Peacock butterfly

4/8/14-Hemp Agrimony with Peacock butterfly & hoverfly

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HEDGE PARSLEY- tortilis japonica

Carrot family; Umbelliferae

05/08/2014-Bryn Euryn

05/08/2014-Bryn Euryn

Flowering: July, August, September

height: medium/tall; flowers: white or pink in umbels 20-40mm with both upper & lower bracts; leaves 1-3 pinnate, narrowly triangular oblong, sharply cut; fruits egg-shaped with purple hooked bristles.

Habitat: Hedge banks; scrub, woodland edge

 

140805TGNW-52-Hedge parsley leaf-Bryn Euryn

leaves are grey-green

 

The latest of the three common umbellifers to flower.

A grey-green annual, with stiffer stems than Cow Parsley & Rough Chervil.

 

Flowers may be white or pink

Flowers may be white or pink

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keeled garlic- Allium carinatum

Welsh:

Keeled Garlic

Keeled Garlic flower head

Onion FamilyAlliaceae

Flowering: July – August

height: medium, to 60cm; flowers: purplish-pink, petals blunt, stamens protruding; 4-6mm; few to the head, with very long papery bracts, with or without bulbils, or bulbils only. leaves: keeled

Habitat:

Where to see it: Bryn Euryn

I spotted this plant for the first time a few summers ago when I came across just one patch of it growing amongst the long grass of the open meadow area of Bryn Euryn, but now it has spread and is establishing in several other spots too.

4/8/14 - Common Blue buttefly on Keeled Garlic flowers

4/8/14 – Common Blue butterfly on Keeled Garlic flowers

 

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WILD TEASELDIPSACUS FULLONUM

Teasel Family

4/8/14 -Teasel flower with Buff-tailed bumblebee

4/8/14 -Teasel flower with Buff-tailed bumblebee

Flowering: July – August

 

height: tall, to 2m; flowers: pinkish purple, in egg-shaped heads 6-8cm long, with numerous spiny bracts; on tall stems leaves: spine-covered appearing as rosettes in the plant’s first year; in the second year these die back and stems are opposite and joined at the base, the resulting cup collecting water

Habitat: Damp and disturbed grassland on heavy soils

Where to see it: Bryn Euryn- quarry field edge; Little Orme

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ST JOHN’S WORT, HAIRYHYPERICUM HIRSUTUM

Flowering: July, August, September

5/8/14-Bryn Euryn

5/8/14-Bryn Euryn

Downy stem

Stem is downy & leaves are oval with distinct veins & translucent spots

height: medium/tall to 1m; flowers: in spikes; palish yellow petals and pointed sepals with marginal stalked black glands, often with marginal black glands; leaves : oval with distinct veins and translucent spots fruits:  

Habitat: Scrub and open woods on calcareous ground

Where to see it: Bryn Euryn

 

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1 thought on “August”

  1. Some lovely butterflies out there… never seen them before.

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