I often seem to find myself realising that two plants I thought were the same are not…Fumitories and Vetches, Crowsfoot and Kidney Vetch. Later, I can’t imagine why I didn’t see it all along.
Anyway, I’m getting wise to the way my ignorance can lure me into wrong identifications… A couple of weeks ago I saw this growing beside the burn down the Lade Braes. I didn’t know what it was – I knew what it was like (although I didn’t know its name either) – but this time realised one wasn’t the same as the other.
This is what I knew it wasn’t – turns out to be Hedge Woundwort, here growing in a crevice between rocks on the coastal path near Crail.
I went round and round the plant books trying to decide what the mystery was, not helped by the shiny (rain-drenched) picture. Today I went back and had another look at the plants. And the verdict this time – Marsh Woundwort.
Like, but not the same as.
Flipping through the flower books didn’t help. And I hadn’t taken a sample home so I couldn’t try keying it out. But fortunately someone had uploaded a picture complete with identification to the Flora of the British Isles section on Flikr. Few Flowered Garlic (or Leek), Allium Paradoxum – what a great name.
Two of its cousins are growing close by – Three-cornered Garlic…
The flower book says Three-cornered Garlic is vr in Scotland. But the same wood has a double-flowered wood anemone just like the one I bought at Gardening Scotland, so I think maybe someone has done a bit of planting…
After all the snow, it was so good to see snowdrops out on lunchtime walk along the Lade Braes.
Don’t think this should really count as a wild flower sighting, but beautiful and welcome even so.