This native flowering perennial is great for part-shaded areas and come in a wide range of colors.
A guide to some of the pretty wild flowers that can be found in the Dorset countryside.
1. Leaves and steams of the nettles has small fragile hair, which actually are the capsules, full of several liquid chemicals, including formic acid. While touching the leaf, a hair, sharp like a needle, gets into your skin, then breaks down, and...
Viola betonicifolia or Arrowhead Violet is a low growing, herbaceous perennial native Australian plant. It grows as a rosette, has arrow-shaped leaves and showy dainty purple flowers. Sole host plant for catterpillars of the laced fritillary butterfly.
Galium aparine or goosegrass is a widespread edible wild green with many medicinal and non-medicinal uses. The leaves can be eaten cooked, dried and used as tea or poultice. The seeds are a coffee substitute when roasted and ground.
Hibbertia scandens or snake vine is a native Australian plant which large, attractive yellow flowers. This is a vigorous vine that is well suited to growing in a wide range of conditions.
What is teaberry and where can it be found? A once common gum flavor, teaberry is a wonderful tea herb as well as a safe evergreen ground cover.
Ipomoea pes-carpae known as goat's foot vine or railway vine is a coastal ground-cover vine of sand dunes. It is a pioneer species which is important in stabilizing sand dunes. It has attractive purple morning glory type flowers.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to harvest wild blackberries? It's a fun activity to do with the whole family, and offers delicious fruit as its reward.
Most native prairie plants prefer well-drained, or even dry, soils. However, if you are interested in a native prairie border or restoration project on your land and are stuck with heavy clay or poorly drained soil, don't despair! There are many...