Yesterday, I couldn’t help noticing that the catkins had opened and that coincided with my latest flower post, so that is my theme for today.
That is the male flower. Like a lot of hermaphrodite plants the female flowers open after the male catkins, a clever ruse to avoid self pollination and it will be weeks before we see any of these little red flowers.
The thing that I don’t get is that all of our local trees operate on the same time scale. All off the male flowers will start to open now and distribute their pollen and it will be a month before we see a single female flower. What a waste!
Never mind, on with the theme 🙂
There’s too many! I can’t go on.
I have to stop there. There are loads more but I’ve still got to do the General.
Stachys sylvatica, The Hedge Woundwort
A woodland plant it is most commonly found in woodland edge and hedgerow habitat. It is a member of the Mint family and sometimes called a Dead-nettle, although this one is not a Lamium.
The stem is very distinctive , being square and hairy with well defined purple corners.
The flowers take the form of a tubular corolla emerging from a calyx of five pointed sepals. They have a hood and a three lobed bottom lip.
As the name suggests Woundwort has long been used in herbal medicine as a cure for almost anything. It is said to be particularly useful to stop bleeding and in the field a few leaves can be applied to a cut as a plaster, it is said to be effective.
Species: Stachys sylvatica