Spring is when wildflowers start to appear in our woodlands, gardens and hedgerows. They’re very important, because they help provide food for pollinators like bees. Here are five of the most common – how many have you spotted this year?
Usually appears: late spring to summer.
Facts: This cheery white and yellow flower is always easy to recognise. Its name comes from the expression ‘day’s eye’, because its petals close at night, then open again in the morning.
Usually appears: from late winter on-wards.
Facts: The appearance of the daffodil, with its nodding head, bright petals and yellow trumpet, is one of the clearest signs that the seasons are changing. It’s also the national flower of Wales.
Usually appears: mid-April to late May.
Facts: One of the best known wildflowers to be seen each year, the bluebell appears in huge numbers, usually in very old woods. Its sap is so sticky that people once used it to bind books!
Usually appears: between March and May
Facts: A low-growing flower that enjoys the dappled shade of forests, the wood anemone has large white petals and a reddish stem. It’s also known by the names thimble weed and smell-fox!
Usually appears: from late February
Facts: This pale yellow flower is one of the earliest to emerge each spring. It loves cool, damp places. Its name comes from the Latin word ‘primus’, meaning ‘first’, because it appears early.
You can visit the Grow Wild website for lots more information on wildflowers – as well as tips on how to grow your own.