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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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Common Gromwell

Lithospermum officinale
Borage family - Boraginaceae
Medium plant with branches of a main stem and small white flowers

Common Hempnettle

Galeopsis tetrahit
Mint family - Labiatae
Prickly flowerhead where the individual flowers one were

Common Knapweed

Centaurea nigra
Daisy family - Compositae
Thistle-like flower but without thorns or prickles

Common Mallow

Malva sylvestris
Mallow family - Malvaceae
Medium sprawling plant often near the cost

Common Meadow-rue

Thalictrum flavum
Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae
Tall plant in damp places with globes of small yellow flowers

Common Milkwort

Polygala vulgaris
Milkwort family - Polygalalaceae
Short plant with a cluster of very small bell-shaped flowers - also available in pink!

Common Mouse-ear

Cerastium fontanum
Campion Family - Caryophyllaceae
Opposite pairs of ear-shaped leaves with a very fury surface

Common Nettle

Urtica dioica
Nettle family - Urticaceae
Creamy green flowers in tassels

Common Orache

Atriplex patula
Goosefoot family - Chenopodiaceae
A fairly tall plant with pale pointed leaves and mealy green flowers

Common Poppy

Papaver rhoeas
Poppy family - Papaveraceae
The most likely red poppy you will find

Common Ragwort

Senecio jacobaea
Daisy family - Compositae
Does anyone not know ragwort? Look for cinnabar moth caterpillars!

Common Ramping-fumitory

Fumaria muralis
Fumitory family - Fumariaceae
Tubular flowers with a tinge of purple at the open end

Common Reedmace

Typha latifolia
Reedmace family - Typhaceae
Large soft flower spikes - often called bulrush

Common Rock-rose

Helianthemum nummularium
Rockrose family - Cistaceae
Five petaled yellow flower on dry grassland

Common Sea-lavender

Limonium vulgare
Sea-lavender family - Plumbaginaceae
A purple haze above saltmarsh grasses

Common Sorrel

Rumex acetosa
Dock family - Polygonaceae
Medium slender dock plant with sepals giving the flowers a reddish brown appearance

Common Sow-thistle

Sonchus species
Daisy family - Compositae
Tight dandelion-like fowers and prickly leaves

Common Spotted Orchid

Dactylorhiza fuchsii
Orchid family - Orchidaceae
Orchid with spots on the leaves growing in dry places

Common Storksbill

Erodium cicutarium
Geranium family - Geraniaceae
Geranium flower with clusters of stems, each with a flower

Common Toadflax

Linaria vulgaris
Figwort family - Scrophulariaceae
Familiar snapdragon type flower with some orange but mainly yellow

Common Twayblade

Neottia ovata
Orchid family - Orchidaceae
A sinlge green flower spike emerging from between two (tway) blades or leaves

Common Valerian

Valeriana officinalis
Daisy family - Compositae
Tall plants with tight clusters of pale pink flowers on each stem branch

Common Vetch

Vicia sativa
Pea family - Leguminosae
Tall climbing pea-flower amongst grass and shrubs

Common Whitlowgrass

Erophila verna
Cabbage family - Cruciferae
Very small insignificant flower

Corky-fruited Water-dropwort

Oenanthe pimpinelloides
Carrot family - Umbelliferea
Compact umbrella flower head and fingery leaves

Corn Mint

Mentha arvensis
Mint family - Labiatae
Short upright plant with strong scent and flowers in balls around the stem

Corn Spurrey

Spergula arvensis
Campion Family - Caryophyllaceae
Low growing white flower with an unpleasant smell

Cotoneaster Species

Cotoneaster agg
Rose family - Rosaceae
The pale pink flowers on greyish green leaves

Cotton Thistle

Onopordon acanthium
Daisy family - Compositae
Very tall thistle with spiny stems and leaves and a classic thistle shaped flower

Cow Parsley

Anthriscus sylvestris
Carrot family - Umbelliferea
Umbrella flower heads on purple stems in spring


Primula veris
Primrose family - Primulaceae
Multi-headed pale yellow flowers that are 'closed' rather than open like a primrose

Crab Apple

Malus sylvestris
Rose family - Rosaceae
Medium sized tree with glorious white flowers followed by small apples

Crack Willow

Salix fragilis
Willow family - Salicaceae
Dangling yellow flower sprays, the tree has yellowish stems and branches

Creeping Buttercup

Ranunculus repens
Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae
Stout buttercup with larges serrated leaves

Creeping Cinquefoil

Potentilla reptans
Rose family - Rosaceae
Creeping, vigorous plant with five petals

Creeping Thistle

Cirsium arvense
Daisy family - Compositae
Masses of tall untidy thistles with spiny ;eaves

Creeping Willow

Salix repens
Willow family - Salicaceae
Fluffy yellow flowers on a low growing, creeping shrub


Lysimachia nummularia
Primrose family - Primulaceae
Creeping yellow flowers with pointed petals

Cross Leaved Heath

Erica tetralix
Heather family - Ericaceae
Cluster of pale pink flowers at the top of the stem


Cruciata laevipes
Bedstraw family - Rubiaceae
Whorls of small greenish-yellow flowers around the stem

Crow Garlic

Allium vineale
Lily family - Liliaceae
Globular flower at the top of a single thin stem


Cardamine pratensis
Cabbage family - Cruciferae
Attractive white flowers in damp meadows

Curled Dock

Rumex crispus
Dock family - Polygonaceae
Dock with narrow leaves and spikes of green flowers with purple sepals and stem

Curly Waterweed

Lagarosiphon major
Frogbit family - Hydrocharitaceae
Inconspicuous little pink flowers appearing above the surface of water from submerged plants

Cut-leaved Cranesbill

Geranium dissectum
Geranium family - Geraniaceae
Geranium flower with heavily serrated leaves


Bellis perennis
Daisy family - Compositae
The familiar small flower with with petals around an orange centre


Hesperis matronalis
Cabbage family - Cruciferae
Large white flower with just four petals


Taraxacum agg.
Daisy family - Compositae
Large open yellow flower heads on a short single stem and a basal rosette of leaves