Spotter's Guide - Summer Wildflowers
During the summer, beautiful blankets of colour cover the Forest floor. Here are Biodiversity Intern Tasha’s top 10 wonderful wildflower species to look out for this season.
It has a beautiful blue hue that varies from a vibrant colour to a more muted grey tone. Multiple flowers grow off the same stalk, each formed of five petals. Although it is often considered to be a weed, in the language of flowers, the forget-me-not symbolises true love and memories.
Foxgloves are an important pollen source and have evolved with bees in mind. This plant is poisonous, so remember to always wash your hands after exploring the Forest.
Common vetch is found throughout the Forest, favouring our grassland areas and woodland rides. Archaeologists have found evidence that ancient civilizations would eat common vetch much like we eat peas today!
Bee orchids usually produce three to five flowers per spike. Sadly, the bee this flower mimics does not live in the UK, as such male bees are not attracted to a ‘mate’. Therefore, it is thought this orchid has evolved to self-pollinate!
The white helleborine is the Forest’s only plant species protected explicitly by law (NERC S41) and classified as vulnerable on the English Red List. The Heart of England Forest is believed to be the best location in Worcestershire for this plant.