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A distinctive plant because of its waxy grey-green leaves.Widespread along the Dorset coast and on the Purbeck Ridge in mid-summer.


 

Yellow-wort: Madame Tausaud

Post date: Sunday, 17 July, 2016 - 21:17

This lovely yellow flowered plant, hence its name, yellow-wort (Blackstonia perfoliata), has curious waxy grey-green leaves that form opposite pairs up the stem. This makes the flower certainly stand out because the leaves do not look real, it makes the plant look almost like an imitation and made of wax!

Yellow-wort is a member of the gentian family and is found around the Mediterranean but its range extends northwards and it is widespread on the coasts of Britain, especially on calcareous cliff top down land. It flowers from June right through until October and you can frequently find it all along the Dorset coast and on the Purbeck Ridge in mid-summer.


 

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Common Name Yellow-wort
Scientific Name Blackstonia perfoliata
Status Locally common
Interest Level
3
Species Family Gentian Family - Gentianaceae
Flower Colour Group Yellow
Visible
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
Preferred Environment
Look for The waxy leaves that are fused around the stem
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
GC: Calcareous Grassland Indicator