Apley Woods

Flowers

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Throughout the seasons you will see a wide variety of wild and cultivated flowering plants in the woods and meadow.

In the depths of winter you will see the first hints of the spring when the Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) show their heads. From then on the woods come to life.

Over the past few years thousands of bulbs have been planted. These include Daffodils (Narcissus), Blue & White wood anemones (Anemone blanda & Nemorosa respectively), Snakes head fritillaries (Fritillaria meleagris), Grape hyacinth (Muscari latifolium), and Cyclamen (Cyclamen coum).

There is a wide variety of wild flowers which includes Primroses (Primula vulgaris), Red campion (Selene dioica), Forget-me-not (Myosotis) and Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta).

You can also see through the seasons Foxgloves (Digitalis Purpurea), the large bushes of common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), ramson (Allium Ursinum) which is commonly called Wild garlic, Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion augustifolium), Woody nightshade (Solanum dunlcamar), Teasel, the vibrant red of common Poppies (Papaver rhoeas), Yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus) around the waters edge, common Field speedwell (Veronica persica) which gives a blue hue to the meadow in the spring and white clover (Trifolium repens).

At the Apley Castle entrance, which was once the site of a car park, you will see from late spring to early summer Ox eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) and wild geraniums (Perargonium).

There is also vibrant colour from Rhododendrons that are dotted throughout the woods.

In the hedgerows there are delicate hawthorne flowers, also known as May, Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum), Blackberry (Rubus gruticocus) and Raspberry (Rubus idaeus), to wild roses (Rosa) and in the late autumn Ivy buds (Hedera helix) support many species of butterflies, bees and birds.

 

A full list of flowers/plants that have been recorded at Apley Woods will be available soon.

 

YORKSHIRE FROG (HOLCUS LANATUS)
WHITE CLOVER (TRIFOLIUM REPENS)
CREEPING BENT (AGROSTIS STOLONIFERA)
COMMON RAGWORT (SENECIO JACOBAEA)
FALSE OAT GRASS (ARRHENTHERUM ELATIUS)
GERMANDEER SPEEDWELL (VERONICA CHAMAEDRYS)
AUTUMN HAWKBIT (LEONTODON AUTUMNALIS)
RYE GRASS (LOLIUM PERENNE)
CREEPING BUTTERCUP (RANUNCULUS REPENS)
COMMON MOUSEAR (CREASTIUM FONTANUM)
CREEPING THISTLE (CRISIUM ARVENSE)
NETTLE (URTICA DIOICA)
SOFT RUSH (JUNCUS EFFUSUS)
OAK SEEDLING (QUERCUS ROBUR)
ASH SEEDLING (FRAXINUS EXCELSIOR)
DANDELION (TARAXACUM SPP.)
CURLED DOCK (RUMEX CRISPUS)
BIRD'S FOOT TREFOIL (LOTUS CORNICULATUS)
COCKSFOOT (DACTYLIS GLOMERATA)
BRAMBLE (RUBRA SPP.)
HOGWEED (HERACLEUM SPHONDYLIUM)
FAT HEN (CHENOPODIUM ALBUMN)
GRETAER BIRD'S TREFOIL (LOTUS PEDUNCULATUS)
MEADOW VETCHLING (LATHRYUS VERNUS)
REDSHANK (PERSICARIA MACULOSA)
MARCH FOXTAIL (ALOPECURUS GENICULATUS)
WATER FORGET ME NOT (MYOSOTIES SCORPOIDES)
MAYWEED (ANTHEMIS COTULA)

 

 

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