Thursday, 21 August 2014

Gallium viridiflorum


Gallium viridiflorum Bedstraw

This beauty was photographed at Grazalema. It flowers from May to July and grows to about 1m tall. It is native to southern Spain, especially the provinces of Malaga and Granada. It like damp roadsides where it flowers abundantly in certain places.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Armeria villosa ssp longiaristata


Armeria villosa ssp longiaristata  Armeria

This lovely plant flowers from May to July and grows from 20-60cms tall. It is native to south of the Iberian Peninsula.


Dipsacus fullonum


Dipsacus fullonum Common or Fuller's teasel

Cardo cardador

This thistle is native to Eurasia and North Africa but is now found worldwide. It is a herbaceous biennial and dies after seeding. The seeds are a great source of winter food for the European Goldfinch. It was used in the textile industry and useful for raising the nap on fabrics. It grows from 50cms to 2m tall and flowers (pale purple to white) from May to September.