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Flora Identification Guide

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 ...

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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