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Flora Identification Guide

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To aid users of mobile devices as well as those with a mouse or laptop finger pad this site uses a simple image-based menu system. Virtually every picture you see (images and photos) are links to more information arranged in a sort of top-down structure. See an image, click or tap on it to open a new page.

Make a selection from any of the lists below that match the flower you saw and a filtered selection of possible flowers will be displayed. The more of the four options you specify the smaller the number of likely flowers will be displayed but if you are too specific then you may eliminate your flower from the choices if they do not exactly match my groupings! Have fun ...

General information and instructions on how to use the plant identification guide.

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Borago officinalis
Borage family - Boraginaceae
Medium branched plant with small deep blue flowers
Rubus fruticosus agg.
Rose family - Rosaceae
Bushy, untidy shrub with sharp prickles!
Branched Bur-reed
Sparganium erectum
Bur-reed family - Sparganiaceae
Stout pant growing in water with globular flowers
Bristly Oxtongue
Picris echioides
Daisy family - Compositae
The nodules on the bristly leaves. Near the coast.
Broad-leaved Dock
Rumex obtusifolius
Dock family - Polygonaceae
The big broad leaves
Broad-leaved Everlasting Pea
Lathyrus latifolius
Pea family - Leguminosae
A flower like a garden sweet pea
Broad-leaved Pondweed
Potamogeton natans
Pondweed family - Potamogetonaceae
Flower spikes arising between the leaves floating on water
Veronica beccabunga
Mint family - Labiatae
Blue flower spikes and red stem growing in wet places
Samolus valerandi
Primrose family - Primulaceae
Short, creeping plants in damp places
Cytisus scoparius
Pea family - Leguminosae
A gorse-like flower without spines
Bucks-horn Plantain
Plantago coronopus
Plantain family - Plantaginaceae
Curved stems with green flower spikes by the sea
Ajuga reptans
Mint family - Labiatae
Whorls of blue flowers o a red square stem
Anchusa arvensis
Borage family - Boraginaceae
Medium bristly plant with bright blue flowers
Bulbous Buttercup
Ranunculus bulbosus
Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae
The turned down green sepals behind the flower head
Burnet Rose
Rosa pimpinellifolia
Rose family - Rosaceae
Densely packed spines on the stem
Pimpinella saxifraga
Carrot family - Umbelliferea
Tightly packed umbrella flower heads
Bush Vetch
Vicia sepium
Pea family - Leguminosae
Clmbing vetch with purple and mauve flowers
Ruscus aculeatus
Lily family - Liliaceae
The sharp pointed green 'leaves' (these are in fact flat stems) Flowers are inconspicous
Butterfly Bush
Buddleja davidii
Figwort family - Scrophulariaceae
The large purple flower spikes so adored by butterflies and other insects
Canadian Goldenrod
Solidago canadensis
Daisy family - Compositae
Sprays of yellow flowers on tall stems
Carline Thistle
Carlina vulgaris
Daisy family - Compositae
A plant that looks as though it has died and dried out
Carrot Broomrape
Orobanche maritima
Broomrape family - Orobanchaceae
Flower spikes that look dead and withering but with a tinge of yellow
Hypochaeris radicata
Daisy family - Compositae
Dandelion type flower on branched stems and with small 'notches' like cats ears on the stems
Celery-leaved Buttercup
Ranunculus sceleratus
Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae
Small buttercup flower (but with a gap between the petals) on a medium plant
Chalk Milkwort
Polygala calcarea
Milkwort family - Polygalalaceae
Tiny plant with blue flowers in short turf
Chamaemelum nobile
Daisy family - Compositae
Classic daisy flower but with the petals turning back from the centre
Changing Forget-me-not
Myosotis discolor
Borage family - Boraginaceae
Forget-me-not with cream buds at the top, pinkish flowers just below but blue when fully opened further down the spike.
Sinapis arvensis
Cabbage family - Cruciferae
Masses of untidy tall plants with four petalled yellow flowers
Cichorium intybus
Daisy family - Compositae
Tall blue dandelion!
Galium aparine
Bedstraw family - Rubiaceae
Tiny flowers on a large but straggly plant with 'hooked' stems and leaves
Climbing Corydalis
Ceratocapnos claviculata
Fumitory family - Fumariaceae
Delicate rambling plant with tubular flowers
Clustered Bellflower
Campanula glomerata
Bellflower family - Campanulaceae
Clusters of large bell-shaped flower on a stout stem
Clustered Dock
Rumex conglomeratus
Dock family - Polygonaceae
Dock with a zig-zag stem and flower spikes emerging from each change of direction
Tussilago farfara
Daisy family - Compositae
Early flowering yellow daisy with scaly stems
Aquilegia vulgaris
Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae
Complex purple 'granny-bonnet' flower
Common Broomrape
Orobanche minor
Broomrape family - Orobanchaceae
A plant that looks dead and withered brown with faintly yellow flower petals
Common Calamint
Clinopodium ascendens
Mint family - Labiatae
Small pale purple flowers and grey leaves and stem
Common Centaury
Centaurium erythraea
Gentian family - Gentianaceae
Attractive little five-petaled flowers each on branches off of the main stem
Common Chickweed
Stellaria media
Campion Family - Caryophyllaceae
Common Comfrey
Symphytum officinale
Borage family - Boraginaceae
Large untidy plants, usually in colonies
Common Cornsalad
Valerianella locusta
Valerian family - Valerianaceae
Small low growing but bushy plant with clusters of pale purple flowers
Common Cow-wheat
Melampyrum pratense
Figwort family - Scrophulariaceae
Pale trumpet-like flowers on the woodland floor
Common Cudweed
Filago germanica
Daisy family - Compositae
Whitish coloured stem and leaves with a hint of yellow in the flower
Common Dodder
Cuscuta epithymum
Bindweed family - Convolvulaceae
Small clusters of pink flowers entwined on heather (occasionally gorse)
Common Dog-violet
Viola riviniana
Violet family - Violaceae
Early flowering purple violet with a pale spur behind the flower
Common Evening-primrose
Oenanthe biennis
Willowherb family - Onagraceae
Medium plant with mostly dead flowers during the day, full flowers in the evening
Common Field Speedwell
Veronica persica
Figwort family - Scrophulariaceae
Sprawling speedwell with red stem and pale blue flowers
Common Figwort
Scrophularia nodosa
Figwort family - Scrophulariaceae
Tall plant with strange brown flowers