Month

Flower

Picture

Where will you
find it

Other things this month

January

Snowdrop
Galanthus Nivalus


Late January and
into February and

March



Woodland floors
and river banks


Bank Hall,
Bretherton

Winter Aconite

(Eranthis Hyemalis)

A garden escapee,
widely naturalised in
woodlands.


Yellow Flowers
January to March

February

Colts Foot

Tussilago fafara


All kinds of
disturbed or thinly
covered ground

Common Hazel:

Male flowers hang in
“lambstail” catkins
female flowers appear as tiny buds with protruding red tassel

March

Wild Daffodil
Narcissus Pseudonarcissus


Damp woods and grasslands, particularly in South Lakeland,


 Dora’s Field Rydal

Primrose and Lesser Celandine

March to May

April

Ramsoms

(Garlic scented)

Allium Ursinum



Woodland floors
and river banks.

April - June


Boilton Wood

Brockholes Nature

Reserve

Bluebells (lower reaches of Healey Nab),

Cowslip, Early Purple Orchid

May

Cuckoo Flower
(Food plant for Orange Tip Butterfly)

Cardamine Pratensis


Damp pastures and woodlands in April and May

Buttercups, Dandelions,

Ox-eye Daises

June

Ragged Robin


Lychnis flos-cuculi


Marshes, wet meadows and damp woodlands in May to June

Common Spotted Orchids,

(Yarrow Valley below Common Bank)

Lady Slipper Orchid

(Gait Barrow near Arnside

July

Meadowsweet

Filipendula Ulmaria


Wet Meadows, marshland and in wet parts of woods from June to August

Field Poppies. Roadsides and edges of cornfields

Creeping Thistles, fields, roadsides, waste ground - great for butterflies

August

Heather
Calluna Vulgaris


Heaths and moors and in bogs and woods with poor or acid soils in August to September


White Coppice, Lead Mines Clough

Tansy and Feverfew,

Waste places, roadside and hedge banks

September

Autumn Crocus

Crocus Nudiflorus


Grassland, locally naturalised, flood plain of river Mersey at Chorlton Ees and also in several undisclosed sites in Chorley

Lords and Ladies (Fruiting bodies: red berries in a spike)
Woods and hedgerows

October

Hen of the Woods
Grifola frondosa

Not a flower but a bracket fungi


Typically found at the base of oak trees, it forms a cauliflower like rosette of grey brown leafy brackets. (Diameter up to 40cm)

Horse Chesnut Tree (Conkers)

Lever Park, Rivington and Astley Park

November

Sweet Chestnut

Castanea Sativa


Not a flower but an edible nut in a green spiny husk


Beacon Lane

Ashurst’s Beacon

Autumn Colour,

Wonderful everywhere but excellent for Remembrance Sunday walk from Lead Mines Clough

December

Gorse

Ulex Europaeus


“When the Gorse is out of bloom kissing is out of fashion”.

 

We need not worry as Gorse flowers all year round.


Anglezarke and lower reaches of Healey Nab

Holly Berries

FLOWER OF THE MONTH

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By Marian Owen