Notes on Some of the Plants on Weston Shore


The following are some notes on a few of the different types of plants to be found on the shore. The shore is a rich habitat and we are hoping to learn more about the natural treasures to be found here! Click on the photos for a closer look.

Common Gorse

Common Gorse

Common Gorse

Gorse is a large, evergreen shrub covered in needle like leaves and distinctive, coconut-perfumed, yellow flowers during the spring and summer. Flowering takes places mainly between January and June. Whilst it is native to the British Isles, it is now an invasive species in other parts of the world.

 

Sea Beet

Sea Beet

Sea Beet

This distinctive plant can be found in several places on Weston Shore. It is the ancestor of a number of vegetables including beetroot, sugar beet and Swiss chard and it is also known as wild spinach.

It flowers in the summer and does not tolerate shade.

 

 

Common Mallow

Common Mallow

Common Mallow

This is a vigorously healthy plant with showy flowers of bright mauve-purple, with dark veins; a handsome plant, often standing 3 or 4 feet (1 m) high. In the past, the flowers were spread on doorways and woven into garlands or chaplets for celebrating May Day. Found in the longer grassland on Weston Shore.

 

 

Corn Poppy

Corn Poppy

Corn Poppy

Also known as the wild field poppy, this normally prefers cornfields as the name suggests. It normally has a scarlet, single flower, each petal often marked at its base with a black blotch. The plants self-seed readily. As many will know, it is often a symbol for the fallen soldier.

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One thought on “Notes on Some of the Plants on Weston Shore

  1. One of my favourite things is walking along looking at the plants. It’s surprising what you find along the shore. There are yellow horned poppies along there, or at least there were a week or two ago and wild garlic not to mention the yellow iris in the stream by West Wood.

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