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Yellow ArchangelFlowering plant belonging to the mint family, found over much of Europe. It grows up to 60 cm/2 ft tall and has nettlelike leaves and rings, or whorls, of yellow flowers growing around the main stem; the lower lips of the flowers are streaked with red in early summer. (Lamiastrum galeobdolon, family Labiatae.)
BluebellThe bluebell is a bulbous plant abundant in woods, hedgerows, and meadows adjoining woods. It thrives in good soil with partial shade.
MoschatelCharming perennial of woodland and shady places. Locally common in Britain, especially in the S. Long-stalked, twice 3-lobed basal leaves form a carpet. 3-lobed stem leaves in opposite pairs. Stalked heads of five flowers seen AprilMay.
PrimroseAny of a group of plants belonging to the primrose family, with showy five-lobed flowers. The common primrose (P. vulgaris) is a woodland plant, native to Europe, with abundant pale yellow flowers in spring. Related to it is the cowslip. (Genus Primula, family Primulaceae.)
VioletsViolets are perennial plants with five unequally shaped petals and toothed leaves. There are numerous species with blue, mauve, or white flowers. Some are sweetly scented.
Wood AnemonesFlowering plant belonging to the buttercup family, found in northern temperate regions, mainly in woodland. It has sepals which are coloured to attract insects. (Genus Anemone, family Ranunculaceae.)
WoodruffPerennial plant Galium odoratum, of the Rubiaceae family. It is a low-growing woodland plant with narrow oval leaves that grow in whorls around the stem. It has small, white flowers. It is related to madder, cleavers, and bedstraw. The leaves are used medicinally and in pot-pourri.
Wood SanicleThe root-stock (the short underground stem from which each year's new stalks grow upward) is shortly creeping and fibrous, with a few thick, brownish scales at the top, the remains of decayed leafstalks. The stem, erect, 8 inches to 2 feet high, is simple, often leafless or with a single leaf. The radical leaves are on stalks 2 to 8 inches long, the leaves themselves palmately three to five partite and divided nearly to the base of the leaf, the lobes, or divisions, often three-cleft again. The leaves are heartshaped at the base near the stalk and toothed like a saw.
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