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Wildflowers and other flowering plants

Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the many flowers and shrubs 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 thanks to our Rangers' careful management.

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?

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Toadflax - Linaria vulgaris

toadflax_fom_sept_2019_250Toadflax flourishes in meadows, dry, rough grassy places and roadsides.  It has distinctive showy snapdragon-like yellow flowers with orange on the lower lip.

The name toadflax is said to derive from the resemblance of the wide mouth of the flower to the wide mouth of a toad, and the leaves in early summer being similar to that of a flax plant.


September 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