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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.

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Goat's-beard - Tragopogon pratense

1st Apr 2005

A locally common plant of waysides and grassland, goatsbeard is a summer-flowering member of the daisy family (Compositae)…read more

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Greater Knapweed - Centaurea scabiosa

1st Jul 2019

The Greater Knapweed is a tall plant (up to 90cm) with eye-catching flowers. It is a favourite nectar source of the Marbled…read more

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Ground Ivy - Glechoma hederacea

1st May 1994

Hops, Reformation, bays and beer Came to England all in one year - so says the old rhyme. But before beer there was ale…read more

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Guelder Rose - Viburnum opulus

1st Sep 2020

Guelder Rose is a native shrub. It brightens the hedges and woodland edges  in autumn with brilliant red leaves and…read more

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Hawthorn - Crataegus monogyna

1st Nov 2020

Hawthorn is a widespread shrub or small tree which is common in hedges and along woodland margins.  The shiny, rounded…read more

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Hazel - Corylus avellana

1st Jan 2020

Look out for the early ‘lambstail’ catkins on Hazel shrubs, with their powdery yellow pollen which fertilises…read more

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Herb Bennet or Wood Avens - Geum urbanum

1st Oct 2004

Herb Bennet (a somewhat shy member of the Rose Family) shuns bright sunlight but may readily be found in shadier areas of…read more

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Holly - Ilex aquifolium

1st Apr 2007

Visiting the Down on a drab winter’s day, my spirits were raised by the sight of a young holly tree gaily bedecked…read more

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Jack-by-the-Hedge - Alliaria petiolata

1st May 1997

Visiting the Down on April 16th, I was pleased to find, by the gap in the trees at the top of the hill, a small platoon of…read more

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Kidney Vetch - Anthyllis vulneraria

1st Jun 2020

Kidney Vetch is named after the large, kidney-shaped flower heads, which are covered with woolly white hairs. In the past…read more

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Lichen - Xanthoria species

1st Feb 2021

Winter is a great time to look at the lichen on twigs and trunks of trees on the Magog Down. Common species include Xanthoria…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