I found it in my weed book as Persicaria persicaria but wiki tells me that is not allowed in the latest international agreement on naming plants which I guess the book predates). Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)this is a biennial, here is the young plant, year one. It's similar to deadnettle so maybe I just didn't take note before. Hogweed and Hairy Bittercress, below, also see next 2 entries. I saw this along Regents Canal yesterday (16-5-2017). Annual, easy to pull out. US Wildflower's Database of Wildflowers for Kentucky Click on thumbnail for larger version of image, scientific name for detail page. I gave up waiting for this to flower, I don't know why, the one I found above is quite pleasant, but I think this is also geranium molle. I was intrigued as the flowers do look like chickweed but the entire plant is a larger scale and the leaves quite different. On the left is the coltsfoot, on the right a hollyhock and on the left and spreading through underneath is pellitory of the wall. Also see the end of the Plant Identification page for my unknown plants. Very difficult! I'm sure this is a rocket (Eastern / London / tall ?) Bindweed (see also field bindweed), white flowers similar to morning glory. with those white bulbs underground. It blooms early with the aquilegia and alkanet before other plants. 54 Absent at flowering : 253 Compound: 2- or 3-parted : 103 Compound: Palmate : 310 Compound: pinnate 1 time : 142 Compound: pinnate 2 times : 35 Compound: pinnate over 2 times : … seeing how long the roots are I can see why. these are some of the flowers in bud, in the shade, Commonly called Plantain but the official name is Plantago, cannot be pulled out, must be dug up. Most of the plants featured on this website grow elsewhere in eastern North America, and many grow elsewhere in the world. Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris). I saw this on Hampstead Rd near Euston Rd in London. Wildflowers and Weeds: A Guide in Full Color Hardcover – May 1, 1972 by Booth Courtenay (Author), James H. Zimmerman (Author) 5.0 out of ... An ideal field guide for all nature enthusiasts, this book presents a unique approach to identifying the vast array of wild plant life in our environment. I'm not absolutely certain. This acts very much like a weed - it self-seeds and grows too large. Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)I bought this as a "wildflower" at the garden centre (they were on sale so couldn't resist) but some may have this self-seeding in their garden. Another plant after the flowers have finished, May 2013 back garden. In my efforts to show the earliest seedlings I wanted to show this. In the pic below I wanted to show how the leaves curl around the stem. green alkanet seedlings: on the right in the black plastic pot on the left and on the left in the terracotta pot at the bottom of the pic, compare with the textured leaves of the foxgloves: to the right in bottom terracotta pot and in the  very small pot bottom right, also in the pots below top right: dandelion along with viola and verbena bonariensis, bottom left pot: forget-me-not in the middle with that distinctive strong line down the middle of the leaf making it identifiable, close-up of the green alkanet seedlings from above, they have that distinctive folded 3rd leaf (and a tiny, tiny oxalis with the long thin root, in the small plastic pot bottom right above), green alkanet without its distinctive blue flowers. some smaller seedlings from another year (2017), quite close to a sea holly seedling (also don't know the seedling top right), they've appeared in other places, left ox-eye daisy, right anemone? Henbane is an introduced plant from Eurasia with powerful narcotic properties. Two brown teasel heads at the bottom. Also called Iron Cross. I saw this yesterday (21-4-2017) for the first time off Hampstead Rd (major road from Camden Town down to the Euston Rd at Warren St) so not sure how common a garden weed it is. The following photos will allow you to identify blue and purple flowering plants. (strawberries in the background). Information provided includes color pictures, flower and leaf descriptions, all about how and where the plants grow, and whether or not it’s a native. This is in my garden, was here when I moved in, think it self-seeded at some time in the past. Iris foetidissimaThis is another self-seeder and it can make rather large clumps. This self-seeded in a pot this summer. I saw this lesser celandine with bronze leaves in new planting at Kings Cross so it's a garden plant, not just a weed. It's such a common plant I never really thought about it before but it was so extensive and exuberant I thought I should take a photo and realized I didn't have it in on weed page so here it is finally, June 2018. close-ups of the leaves reveal the "spots", common St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Stinging NettlesDo beware of these. It's in flower so quite identifiable unlike the one below which I saw in the garden next door. This is a small greater knapweed plant in March. I'll try to note how long they last. A reader asked me about this and suddenly I saw a lot of plants locally (end of April 2017), especially along the Regent's Canal. This white-flowered plant is the herb, grown from seed. It suddenly appeared in the garden next door. Dandelions lead a double life, being both a persistent weed and good wildlife plant Weed Identification and Control Library We've chosen the most common weeds found in lawns and gardens, and provided the essential information you need for identifying and managing them. I saw this in the road around the corner, end of May 2018. Flower Shape. I had worked hard to remove all the ground elder so was surprised to see a fully formed plant with a spray of flowers beginning of June 2018. petals or rays. (tiny herb robert seedling at the top and small rosette of (wild?) All photos were taken myself unless otherwise noted. black medick is actually very small, here it is in situ. The hoverflies were loving it. This buddleja suddenly appeared in the pot below.. dandelions usually have toothed leaves but some don't (there are loads of different ones of which I'm just learning). Having said that, I think it's growing next door but so far not large enough to flower. As below you can see these creeping buttercup have multiple stems and they make a very difficult plant to pull out but it's worth trying to get the whole clump. I saw this round the corner in someone else's. I saw this in Allen Gardens, Spitalfields (East London). as soon as those curved middle leaves appear, you can confirm its buddleja, before the flowers appear, it's difficult to tell what the plant is, the round leaves are similar to wild garlic. I didn't realize the "knots" above had the little white flowers but I hadn't taken close-up enough photos. Henbane. I've moved the seaside plants to their own page and the saltmarsh plants are on their own page. This photo was taken after this bluebell finished blooming. The following 3 images are all Annual Mercury. Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare)I guess this is considered a weed in some circles, personally I love it and planted seeds a few years ago. see also Small Nettle. Some weeks later, differently shaped leaves at the top of the plant. I think it is different from the ones above but not sure as they are such poor specimens and photos (pic directly above was one of the first weed pics I took and doesn't show the top of the leaves and if they have marks like below. Hard to tell sometimes if something is a "plant" or "weed" but here I guess I can decide. It says (on wiki) the environment for water figwort must be wet or moist but this environment is definitely dry, a north London front garden. Great info on identifying weeds! I saw this today along Regent's Canal (10-7-2018). a couple days later and the flowers are in bloom. This foxglove self-seeded in my neighbours' brick wall. I saw this in a disused cemetary in east London May 2018. I saw this along the Regents Canal near King's Cross (northwest London) in June 2018. I took this pic on June 11th and it's not in bloom yet. (black horehound on the left), February 2019 some Alexanders along the canal in the same place, just starting, no tall stems emerging yet (aucuba behind). Easy to pull out. It's only in hindsight I realise where they came from. They are also bluebells, with the white bulbous roots. I don't know a common name for this. Will add more photos. Sometimes they get invasive and are pulled up as weeds. I haven't seen it in my garden. this shows the arrangement of the buds along the stem, I wanted to show a close-up of the lower leaves, the upper leaves are quite small in comparison. There is a purple-leaved variety of creeping oxalis. I found this first one today (8-9-2013) and I don't think I've ever seen a specimen of fat hen with so many flowers and so tall. this was a pic of the sprout in the middle (cotoneaster lacteus) but it shows the upright pellitory to the left. There are also pages about Hawkweeds, Hawkbeards and Hawkbits, Japanese Knotweed, and Lamiaceae (mint, nepeta, deadnettle, etc) as I had so many similar flowers I wanted to compare.The following are in alphabetical order. Forget-Me-Not, blooms very early in the spring, I guess this is next year's crop. on the left and red on the right, luckily I happened to see them near each other at a local park, clearly different types, This is one of the first weed photos I took, before I realised, the photos are much better before the plant is pulled up. and this prickly sow thistle self-seeded on the left in the pot below right (next to a teasel), also pot on the left has foxglove at the bottom and teasel at the top, and that prickly sow thistle seedling from above, leaf is about 5 cm long. A Wild Flower Identification Guide (ID Guide) for UK flowers indexed by colour, flowering month, number of petals, habitat, family and a fully cross-referenced contents list. June 2018 fully grown and starting to flower. I think this is usually upright but the plants I saw today (July 2019) were leaning over. I had to buy these from the garden centre as attempts from seeds were not very successful. Appearance: When you're identifying weeds in your garden, to spot plantains, look for broad, flat leaves around a low rosette. Pollinators such as bees and butterflies rely on the blossoms of wildflowers to survive. This somewhat close-up of the flowerhead shows some insects, maybe bees? August 2018 I saw this along the Regent's Canal near me and wondering if it's black bindweed / wild buckwheat. - update - pretty sure I've seen it flowering nearby last year (2016) but will check and take a pic this year (2017)Short-fruited willowherb, the fluffy bits at the top, just starting to show below, contain the seeds. Here are the earliest seedlings of Enchanter's Nightshade. Perennial, must be dug out, including every piece of root which will grow if left. This one was 85 cm tall - thus the difficutly of taking and posting the photo. I potted it up and it's already produced some buds a few weeks later. I first saw this in January. Ground Elder. It became clear it's Nipplewort, with those distinctive notched leaves at the bottom. It's appeared both in the garden and out, the pavement outside my house. Primitive Living Skills | Outdoor Wilderness Living School, LLC I saw this white one recently (June 2016) at a local park in a fenced off wildflower area. Autumn Hawkbit (Scorzoneroides autumnalis), this example is much smaller  than some of the yellow composites, these were only about 12 cm tall, seen August 19th southeast London. I don't know exactly why I like knowing the names of the plants I find. I pulled this up by accident when I was attempting to make room to plant the small hollyhocks (see Seeds). Pellitory-of-the Wall (Parietaria judaica), Large clumps which must be pulled out at ground level. Most of the year this looks like a weed but it does flower with "violet" flowers. I like to start my classes with a discussion of the mints because this pattern is so well known. I guess their environment affects the colour. I have never seen a flower, or any distinguishing feature, on this shrub in the garden next door but recently I noticed  there's one that blooms and produces seeds nearby so that could be where this came from and the seedling in that pot below. A simple guide to the wildflowers of Britain Country Life April 6, 2020 From deciduous woods yet to fill out with leaf, to windswept hilltop shingle beach and riverbank, our flora can give so much pleasure. It does look similar to deadnettle which I have loads of in my garden but haven't had this. This suddenly appeared, fully formed, in this clump next door (August 2014). I saw this near the entrance to Camley Street Natural Park (Victorian water tower in the background which was moved from St Pancras to near St Pancras Lock, the other side of the tower). In flower May to July,  long bare stems rising above base rosette of toothed leaves, multiple branching flower stems from the top part of the stems. Here's a clump that's taken hold on my path. This Plant Families Photo Gallery is designed to assist anyone who knows their plant families, especially those who are using my book Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification.Learn the patterns of the families and it is easy to sort through the pictures to find a match. This was in Allen Gardens, Spitalfields (East London). The flowers were so small I had to get right down to take close-up photos, none of which are that great so will go back and try again but in the meantime I've added the photos I have. this has me completely confused, it looks similar to groundsel but the leaves are a different shape, ragwort? I've just discovered it in a pot end of March 2015. thank you to Tom for alerting me to oxalis growing from little bulbs left in the soil under the surface. 4-6 rays/petals. Just saw this specimen today (8-9-2013) which has such well-developed flower spikes, unlike the usual scraggly specimens such as the one above. I saw this one with white flowers in Allen Gardens, Spitalfields (East London) the other day. I got a few pots from freecycle and wanted to see what would grow, in this case chickweed! I don't usually see the seedheads as I pull out any caper spurge I find before it gets to that point but I saw this locally the other day, growing in a newly planted bed so it grew very well, very quickly. MugwortThank you to reader Digeroo who has identified this as mugwort There were two of these so I left one and pulled out one. Thanks to Michael for identifying this (via FB). and can cause damage, eg growing through a brick wall. This website is all about wildflowers that grow in Ontario (Canada). Not only are these plants beautiful, but the blooms often exhibit impressive staying power throughout a full growing season to provide ongoing beauty. I don't know what makes leaves red like this, will try to find out more. Solanum rostratum. Tough plant that must be dug out if not wanted. The stem of spent flowers is on the left. UNL Weed Publications Index; 2010 Guide for Weed Management in Nebraska (240 pages); Cultural Practices to Improve Weed Control in Winter Wheat, G1389 on the pavement near my house I noticed these weeds, at the end of each branch there is a spray of buds, small pellitory of the wall to the right, some smaller plants without the "flower"s on the end of a branch, to the left looks like horseweed, to the right chickweed, a close-up of the "flowers" middle of September. In the 1950s, snowdrops would not typically flower until late February, but during th… I decided to "go for it" and dig them up as well (this is my main flower bed in the sun, above is a shady less important part of the garden). First noticed Sept 2017, although I wasn't sure what it was. nepeta and dead-nettle can look similar, comparison below, see Lamiaceae page for more comparison among related plants. I saw this at the community garden on Hampstead Rd at the HS2 works January 2019. 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