The "what is that plant?" thread

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Broch

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May I suggest you add the Latin names to your plant ID? Although we are a UK based forum we have participants from all over the world and the same common names apply to different species - even in the UK there is room for confusion. I know it seems a bit laborious but it is good practice :)

Particularly relevant when you start talking about Hemlocks and other umbellifers.
 

punkrockcaveman

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Fragaria vesca, wild strawberry! What a beauty. The fruit is unlike cultivated varieties. Small, soft, sweet, not juicy! But lovely. A proper treat. Toddy reckons the leaves make a good tea, I'll be giving that a go soon

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Toddy

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My chicory is just about to bloom, but though it's a tall-ish plant usually, this year it's way over 2m high.
It's a very pretty flower indeed :)
 
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I'm no expert but the woodland I've been walking through our new dog is full of these at the moment.
Orchids of some type? Anyone?
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Nice65

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This is everywhere here, Common Marjoram (Origanum vulgare). I don’t see the white flowered version much, but there are swathes of purple everywhere at the moment, it’s lovely to brush through walking the dogs. And of course, any tomato dish’s best friend.

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A few years ago now (about 30, I’ve just worked out!), me and my best mate decided to go and live by the River Arun for a couple of weeks in an old chalk quarry. Every so often we’d need to stock up on food, so I raided my folks freezer and nabbed 4 big pork chops. We dug some Ramson bulbs up from the riverbank and grabbed a handful of the wild Marjoram, wrapped the chops in foil with the herbs and put them over the fire. One of the finest meals I’ve ever had.
 
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punkrockcaveman

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Mentha Spicata - spearmint :) this I believe is an escapee from some dumped garden waste.

Makes a fantastic tea, I actually prefer it to pineapple weed and seems to settle the stomach and aid sleepiness.

Apologies for the bilberry stained hands!
 
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punkrockcaveman

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I shouldn't be surprised but after finding spearmint earlier this week just tonight I've happened across water mint, mentha aquatica. At first I thought it was Mentha Arvensis, Corn Mint, but they never flower on the very end of the stem like water mint does.

Makes a very nice cuppa, a little more mint and less sweet than the spearmint, but still very pleasant.

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Nice65

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I do love Spearmint, it’s a favourite for sweet Moroccan tea.

Walked the dogs down at Hayling Island a couple of weeks ago, brought some salty Samphire (Salicornia europaea) home. I must take scissors next time, it’s hard to pick without uprooting it from the mud.

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More recently I’ve been using PlantNet to identify several other species growing with the Marjoram I posted above.

Mugwort (Artimesia vulgaris)

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Butter and Eggs (Lineria vulgaris). What a lovely name for a plant :)

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Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucas carot) though might be Laceflower (Rouya polygama) as another photo of the same plant with its flowers fully open identified as Laceflower.CC8255E7-82D7-4CB4-A5F2-5FE471F75C8C.jpeg

And finally, one from my garden, a Globe Artichoke :)

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Argentina anserina, silverweed. A decent size one, showing a good root, this was pulled out of sand just above the high tide line otherwise I wouldn't have dug it up. Interesting to see, I've dug them out of gardens before with piddly little roots so nice to see a fat one

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