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Yellow Flag Iris – Helen Cavalli

Iris Pseudacorus (Yellow Flag Iris) is a species in the genus Iris, of the family Iridaceae. It is an herbaceous flowering perennial plant that grows best in very wet conditions and is often common in wetlands. Living near Hampton Court I have spent many hours walking in and near the Palace grounds, especially in Bushy… Continue reading Yellow Flag Iris – Helen Cavalli

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Rosebay Willowherb – Christina Hart Davies

Although a native plant, Rosebay willowherb, Chamaenerion angustifolium, was not well known before the twentieth century. John Gerard the famous sixteenth century herbalist and plantsman knew of it as a rare plant growing in rocky, shady places in the north of England. He obtained some seeds and grew it in his London garden where, although ornamental and… Continue reading Rosebay Willowherb – Christina Hart Davies

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Ribwort Plantain – Miggie Bruce

Ribwort Plantain- Plantago lanceolata  This common but elegant perennial plant is found in many locations in the United Kingdom. An ancient native; it has been found in soil samples dating back as far as prehistoric times. It is most often seen in agricultural land, verges, lawns or even pops up uninvited in your flower border.… Continue reading Ribwort Plantain – Miggie Bruce

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The Nettle – Lizzie Harper

“As a practising botanical illustrator (See my work on I get asked to paint a wide variety of plants, and frequently those considered as “weeds”, including the common stinging nettle.  I love the stinging nettle Urtica dioica, it’s frequently overlooked as a weed and blends into the background, unobserved.  Yes, it gives a nasty… Continue reading The Nettle – Lizzie Harper

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Thrift – Gaynor Dickeson

As you know, the correctly written scientific name for Thrift is Armeria maritima. It is always written in italics with the first part of the binomial name written with a capital letter – not the second. Amongst all the other preparations for the Botanical Art Worldwide – In Ruskin’s Footsteps exhibition in May 2018, I thought I… Continue reading Thrift – Gaynor Dickeson