Pasque flowers among the Cowslips

Map of the Down

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Wildflowers and other flowering plants

Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the many flowers to be found growing at Magog Down. Most of these articles include lovely descriptions and history about the plants, written for us over the years by plant pathologist David Yarham. Some articles have been updated recently with new photos of the plants thriving.

We welcome visitors' photos to help enrich our website, so if you have any you'd like to submit, do send them along to photos@magogtrust.org.uk. Perhaps you've spotted a wildflower that is not yet featured here?

Flowers and Shrubs at Magog Down prev

Woolly Thistle - Cirsium eriophorum

woolly_thistle_large_315The impressive Woolly Thistle can be seen in flower on the North Down from July to September. It can grow to 1.5 metres, with large globular flower heads covered in white wool. The flowers are very attractive to invertebrates, particularly bees, as this close-up shows.

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The Rangers say:

"We saw a wonderful large longhorn beetle on a woolly thistle plant yesterday. On identifying it we found out that the larvae often develop in thistles."


August 2019

See also...

Report of the visit from Cambridge Natural History Society in August 2017


News about a visit by the local branch of Butterfly Conservation charity taking place in August 2016


News about the very special area of Colin's Bank, published in February 2015

Pasque Flower

One of our Friends sent us this beautiful picture of some Pasque Flowers taken in amongst the Cowslips in May 2016.pasqueflower_jb_may2016_crop_453

Photo by Jill Butler