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Mystery wildflowers

PostPosted: 09 Jun 2019 10:16
by Dave
I don't know much about wildflowers, but I do enjoy learning to identify them.

If I spot something new while I'm out walking, I will often take a photo and try to find it in books or online later. Sometimes I get nowhere, so I hope to use this topic to see if anyone can help.

I first noticed the plants in this photo growing close to foxgloves near a river in North Wales. Then later I saw lots of them growing very successfully on dry stone walls - as they are here. They have small, bell-shaped creamy flowers and the largest spikes were about 3ft high, but look as though they will grow much taller.

This one has defeated me... any ideas?

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Mystery wildflowers

PostPosted: 09 Jun 2019 18:32
by Dave
I found it... it's called Navelwort! :D

https://wildflowerfinder.org.uk/Flowers/N/Navelwort/Navelwort.htm

NAVELWORT, WALL PENNYWORT, PENNYWORT, KIDNEYWORT, WALL PENNYROYAL

Distinguishing Feature : Grows in walls or cliff faces and has roundish shiny leaves at the base and a long thin spike of flowers up the wall. The leaves have a dimple in the middle reminiscent of a navel, which is how it acquired its name.

Re: Mystery wildflowers

PostPosted: 09 Jun 2019 21:05
by Camela
Good! I did try my own searches!

Re: Mystery wildflowers

PostPosted: 10 Jun 2019 08:30
by rdw123
Hi Dave. Thought the leaves looked like pennywort but I thought they were smaller and yellow. Apparently you can peel the back off pennywort leaves and use it as a plaster. We once went on a walk with a botanist in Madeira and he showed us how to do it. Not tried it myself! Not seen this one before. Ruth

Mystery wildflowers

PostPosted: 10 Jun 2019 14:51
by Gillzajoker
Glad you found the name, Dave. The leaves looked familiar, but never seen the
flower spike growing so tall before. :D