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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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Bird's-foot Trefoil - Lotus corniculatus

1st Sep 1996

Its gay abundance on the south-east slope of the hill should have ensured that Bird’s-foot . Trefoil was noticed by…read more

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Blue and Canadian Fleabane - Erigeron acer and Erigeron canadensis

1st Nov 1999

Visiting the Down in early September, I found Blue Fleabane in some abundance still flowering amongst the young trees on…read more

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Cleavers or Goosegrass - Galium aparine

1st Sep 1997

Cleavers is one of the least attractive members of the family Rubiaceae which contains such favourites as Lady's bedstraw…read more

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Coltsfoot - Tussilago farfara

1st Mar 2020

Coltsfoot is a low but bright, cheery early flower to look out for, flowering from February to April.  The stems have…read more

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Common Ivy - Hedera helix

1st Jan 1997

Throughout the winter months ivy hs been a prominent feature of the downland landscape, softening the bare outlines of the…read more

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Cow Parsley - Anthriscus sylvestris

1st May 1998

Towards the end of February I found a single plant of cow parsley already in flower by the car park entrance. Such exceptionally…read more

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Cowslip or Paigle - Primula veris

1st Jan 1995

Sitting down to write this in mid-winter it is pleasant to think of spring. And what flowers epitomise that season more than…read more

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Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale

1st May 1995

This year the first flower to bloom on Magog Down was the dandelion. As early as January it could be found brightening the…read more

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Dogwood - Thelycrania (= Cornus) sanguinea

1st Nov 2019

The Dogwood shrub bursts into colour in the colder months. The leaves redden in autumn alongside clusters of shiny black…read more

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Field Poppy - Papaver rhoeas

1st Sep 1993

From the beginnings of agriculture poppies have brightened our cornfields. Their very name is ancient, coming down to us…read more

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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