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Yellow Archangel

A yellow mint-like flower found mainly in woodlands, especially woodland edges and rides


  • Yellow Archangel: the artillery flower

    Post date: Saturday, 4 April, 2015 - 00:00

    The yellow archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon) displays all of the characteristic features of the Labiate family (the mints); a square stem and tubular flowers. It is much like a yellow version of the more common white deadnettle.

    This flower is found almost exclusively in broad-leaf woodlands, especially along woodland edges and rides. It flowers in May and June and is widespread in Dorset but not particularly common. It prefers rich calcareous soils which does limit its range a little.
    This is also known as the artillery flower for reasons that are not exactly clear but I suspect it relates to the way it disperses its seeds. As the seed pods dry out they 'explode' ejecting the seeds a little distance away. There is a cultivated garden variety which has variegated leaves and this sometimes can be found naturalised in the wild where garden rubbish has been dumped!



Common Name Yellow Archangel
Scientific Name Lamiastrum galeobdolon
Species Group Deadnettle Family Lamiaceae
Interest Level
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Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Mint family - Labiatae
Status Occasional
Flower Colour Group Yellow
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
Preferred Environment
Look for Classic deadnettle type plant but with yellow flowers
Additional Identification Notes
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Deadnettle Family Lamiaceae