I have tried to include families with a number of different species in books of there own or with close relatives but I am left with a number that do not fit this scheme but do not justify a book of their own, To try and overcome this I have divided them into simple flowers and complex flowers. I have defined a simple flowers as an open flower with a central cluster of style and stamens surrounded by four or five petals.
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|Species featured in this book||Scientific Name||Title|
|Common Rock-rose||Helianthemum nummularium||Common Rock-rose: take courage|
|Hairy St Johns-wort||Hypericum hirsutum||Hairy St Johns-wort: the hairy hypericum|
|Slender St Johns-wort||Hypericum pulchrum||Slender St Johns-wort: the honourable hypericum|
|Trailing St Johns-wort||Hypericum humifusum||Trailing St Johns-wort: the procumbent hypericum|
|Tutsan||Hypericum androsaemum||Tutsan: the healthy hypericum|
|Musk-mallow||Malva moschata||Musk Mallow: graceful and delicate|
|Common Mallow||Malva sylvestris||Common Mallow: a cottage garden essential|
|Dwarf Mallow||Malva neglecta||Dwarf Mallow: the buttonweed|
|Marsh Mallow||Althaea officinalis||Marsh Mallow: sugar and spice|
|Sweet Violet||Viola odorata||Sweet Violet: Roses are red, sweet violets are blue ...|
|Common Dog-violet||Viola riviniana||Common Dog-violet: the spur of the moment|
|Wood Dog-violet||Viola reichenbachiana||Early Dog-violet: earning its spurs|
|Heath Dog Violet||Viola canina||Heath Dog Violet: the acid test|
|Field Pansy||Viola arvensis||Field Pansy: wild but not the wild pansy|
|English Stonecrop||Sedum anglicum||English Stonecrop: star walls|
|Mossy Stonecrop||Crassula tillaea||Mossy Stonecrop: the bare necessities|
|Great Willowherb||Epilobium hirsutum||Great Willowherb: codlins and cream|
|Hoary Willowherb||Epilobium parviflorum||Hoary Willowherb: a touch of frost|
|Marsh Willowherb||Epilobium palustre||Marsh Willowherb: red faced|
|Rosebay Willowherb||Chamerion angustifolium||Rosebay Willowherb: the fire weed|
|Enchanters-nightshade||Circaea lutetiana||Enchanters Nightshade: from the dark side|
|Wood-sorrel||Oxalis acetosella||Wood-sorrel: the Alleluia flower|
|Hedgerow Cranesbill||Geranium pyrenaicum||Hedgerow Cranesbill: hedging your bets|
|Round-leaved Cranesbill||Geranium rotundifolium||Round-leaved Cranesbill: to round it all off|
|Long-stalked Cranesbill||Geranium columbinum||Long-stalked Cranesbill: at the end of their tether|
|Herb-Robert||Geranium robertianum||Herb-Robert: stinky old Bob|
|Doves-foot Cranesbill||Geranium molle||Dovesfoot Cranesbill: dovesfoot underfoot|
|Common Storksbill||Erodium cicutarium||Common Storks-bill: the pinweed|
|Hedge Bindweed||Calystegia sepium||Hedge Bindweed: the gardeners horror|
|Vervain||Verbena officinalis||Vervain: the holy herb|
|Hedge Woundwort||Stachys sylvatica||Hedge Woundwort: the wound healing herb of the hedgerow|
|Great Mullein||Verbascum thapsus||Great Mullein: reaching for the sky|
This book is made up of the segments listed below. Click the segment title for information about specie within that segment.
|Cranesbill Family Geraniaceae||
Cranesbills have five petals but in some species these are deeply lobed and can give the appearance of having ten. Wild geraniums are often called cranesbills or storksbills because of the shape of the seed pod once the flowers die. Geraniums are, of course, popular garden flowers and so several cultivated species may be encountered in the wild.
|Mallow Family Malvaceae||
Mallows have five petals and come in various shades of pink ranging from a pale lilac though purple to almost blue. The flowers are generally an inch or so across and the plants themselves are bushy. There is a tendency to find mallows near to the sea but they also appear as weeds of cultivation in fields.
I define 'simple' flowers as those with a single array of petals around a central cluster of stamens and anther.
|St Johns Wort Family Hypericaceae||
St John's worts are bright yellow, five petaled star shaped flowers. They range is size but all retain the primary floral characteristcs. There are several varities found in the wild and some are grown in gardens and consequently have escaped into the wild.
|Stonecrop Family Crassulaceae||
Stonecrops are an interesting set of flowers, not really woody nor fleshy but a cross between the two! Attractive star shaped flowers, some with five petals but not all. They get their name from their ability to thrive on the barest of soils on rocks and walls. Some species are popular in gardens too.
|Violet Family Violaceae||
Violets, and their cousins, the pansies, have five petals but arranged in a unique way, two at the top, three at the bottom, and this makes the family easy to identify but the flowers within the family are a bit more challenging. Most are purple or blue but some pansies have yellow in them. The sweet violet also comes in white!
|Willowherb Family Onagraceae||
A small family but with a couple of big species! Willowherbs are generally shades of purple or mauve, some are quite striking and obvious to identify whilst others are much more difficult being quite similar. Often favouring damp conditions but in a wide range on habitats you can potentially encounter a willowherb almost anywhere.