Ground Flora of Larkey Valley wood

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Yellow Archangel of Larkey Valley Wood, Thanington Without

Yellow Archangel

Flowering 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.)
Bluebell of Larkey Valley Wood, Thanington Without

Bluebell

The bluebell is a bulbous plant abundant in woods, hedgerows, and meadows adjoining woods. It thrives in good soil with partial shade.
Moschatel of Larkey Valley Wood, Thanington Without

Moschatel

Charming 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.
Primrose of Larkey Valley Wood, Thanington Without

Primrose

Any 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.)
Violets of Larkey Valley Wood, Thanington Without

Violets

Violets 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 Anemones of Larkey Valley Wood, Thanington Without

Wood Anemones

Flowering 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.)
Woodruff of Larkey Valley Wood, Thanington Without

Woodruff

Perennial 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 Sanicle of Larkey Valley Wood, Thanington Without

Wood Sanicle

The 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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