Tagged: Plants


Top 10 Facts: Lords and Ladies

Unwelcome guests. In Theatrum Botanicum, published in 1629 by John Parkinson, the author lists two recipes for Wild Arum (otherwise known as Lords and Ladies), suggesting that small pieces of the root can...

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Why Brambles are Brilliant

Bramble, briar, thorn-bush, blackberry, Rubus fruticosus; all names for a widespread and vigorous plant with arching stems coated in needle-sharp thorns whose success as a species has brought it into regular conflict with...

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A Spotlight on Himalayan Balsam

Of all the wildflowers I enjoyed as a child, Himalayan Balsam is one of the most memorable. Mainly because, in my youth, popping the little green grenades produced by the plant when it goes...

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First Flowers of Spring

Originally published 25 february 2015. With winter slowly drawing to an end, many of us are eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. It’s such a wonderful time of year, when everything wakes up...

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Sex Changing Trees?

During November of last year researchers discovered that the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire, one of Europe’s oldest trees, was undergoing a change in sex. The 5,000 year old tree that was thought to...

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Bats bounce back

Common pipistrelle bats in Scotland have significantly increased in number since 2009, according to new research. The findings were revealed in a report from Scottish Natural Heritage and the Bat Conservation Trust. The...

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Flowering Plants: What to see in August

Like all those who are new to Botany I can sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of flowers popping up in Spring and Summer, there are too many of them...

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