Six on Saturday 27/06/2020

This week I’m going to introduce you to our wildflower patch and test your knowledge please.

When our maintenance gardener didn’t come for a while at the beginning of lockdown, the grass area at the front of our apartment block took on a life of its own. I persuaded him, on his return, to leave the small area to its own devices in order to have a natural wildlife area. It is beginning to establish itself into a very pretty part of the garden.

Apart from knowing a few wildflowers I am not an expert, so have labelled what I think they are and left some unnamed, with the hope you will help please. The information on some plants I have taken from the Grow Wild UK website.

1. Prunella vulgaris also known as Self heal

This purplish blue-flowered perennial was once an important therapeutic plant – its leaves were crushed and used to dress skin wounds and syrup made with the flowers and leaves was thought to cure sore throats. 

2. Malva moschata also known as Musk Mallow

The pale pink flowers and finely cut leaves of musk mallow make a beautiful display in rough grasslands and roadsides. The flowers are attractive to pollinators too, helped at night by the musky fragrance that gives the plant its name. 

3. Grass – no idea!

I have tried to find this on Plant Snap to no avail, it comes up with all sorts of suggestions which are clearly not this grass. It looks a bit like a sort of Foxtail, but looking at the base it clearly is a weed type grass but very pretty all the same and deserves a place in the wildflower patch.

4. Name this please

UPDATE: it’s believed this is Dyer’s Rocket. Dyer’s Rocket

I’ve tried very hard to identify this plant, which looks like a very small Verbascum. The nearest wildflower identification is something called ‘Common Pepperweed’ but the leaves don’t look quite right.

5. Buttercups and Daisies

Neither need any explanation and growing with the Musk Mallow (2 above) they look so very pretty. A lawn purist will remove daisies but I have a lot in the grass outside my flat and feel really sad when the gardener chops off all their heads once a fortnight.

6. Pulmonaria officinalis also known as Common Lugwort

This is not a wildflower but a self seed from a nearby plant in the border but deserves a place here. It adds a pretty blue amongst the greenery.

If anyone can name the unnamed please do so, it would be useful to know. I would like to put up a small information board so those who stop to admire this corner of the garden will know the names of what is growing.

Thank you The Propagator for running this weekly meme. Please visit his blog, he always has something interesting to show in his Six on Saturday along with the many participants.

16 comments

    • Ah! I identified it from the wildflower website, called Musk because it smells of musk in the evenings but I’ve not been out to check. It’s so confusing isn’t it? These are very flat, almost ground cover. Thank you for your help.

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  1. That is a foxtail, Hordeum murinum, and is called false barley. Please dig it out, including the roots, and destroy it! I’ve taken more than one dog to the vet because of those kind of foxtails. They work their way into flesh, deeper and deeper. Just last year my dog started bleeding from his nose, badly. An expensive doggie ER trip later he sneezed the foxtail out. Another had one work its way into his paw between his toes.

    I disagree that foxtails have ANY place in a wildflower patch! The local animals will thank you for destroying it, as will their owners.

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  2. I don’t know the exact name of this grass #3 ( but looks like foxtail grass) : I know that you have to be very careful when you have a big dog, because the seeds can enter its nostrils and never come out. It’s an emergency to go to the vet ( you probably know that already….)
    Pretty flowers these of musk mallow !

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    • Oh, don’t I know about foxtails and ER vets! Last year it was one up the nose. They work their way deeper and deeper. Boo was dripping blood out his nose in large amounts. Another dog got one between his toes. Or, that may have been Boo too.

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      • Yes, the seed goes little by little in the nose and the dog tries to remove it and doesn’t succeed. It can bleed, it can get infected or even go down into the lungs ( a vet friend told me that)

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  3. What interesting wildflowers grew in your wildflower patch! We left the lawn in May, but with nothing like your variety appearing.
    I think that your number 4 maybe Dyer’s Rocket (Reseda luteola) and number 6 looks like alkanet to me.

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