A range of flowers in Colins Paddock

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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?

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Ox-eye Daisy - Chrysanthemum leucanthemum

31st Jul 2019

The Ox-eye Daisy is also known as Dog Daisy, Moon Daisy or Marguerite. In 2019 it was a particularly good year for this plant,…read more

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Pea Family - Leguminosae

1st Apr 2006

This family contains trees, shrubs, herbs, water plants and climbers. 16,400 species are found world wide and are widely…read more

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Ragwort - Senecio jacobaea

1st Sep 1995

Making my way to the Down on 4th July I wondered whether I would find any flowers still flourishing in the middle of so vicious…read more

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Red and White Clover - Trifolium pratense & Trifolium repens

1st May 2003

Red and white clovers are sufficiently well known to need no description. Both are perennial plants, the white species being…read more

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Sainfoin - Onobrychis viciifolia

1st Jun 2019

Look out for the bright pink flowers of Sainfoin on the North Down. For many centuries Sainfoin was cultivated as a fodder…read more

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Speedwell - Veronica persica

1st Apr 2019

Colourful patches of Speedwell are particularly eye-catching at this time of year, while the grass is still short.    &…read more

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Spindle Tree - Euonymus europaeus

1st Oct 2019

The spindle tree is at its loveliest in autumn when its leaves turn pinkish-red  and the fruits ripen. It has distinctive…read more

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Sweet Violet - Viola odorata

1st Mar 2019

Our only scented violet and the first to flower.  Leaves are heart-shaped and often shiny and the flowers are blue-violet…read more

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Thistles - Cirsium arvense and Cirsium vulgare

4th Oct 2011

In the beginning, of course, it was all Adam's fault. One bite of that forbidden fruit and it was "Cursed is the…read more

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Toadflax - Linaria vulgaris

1st Sep 2019

Toadflax flourishes in meadows, dry, rough grassy places and roadsides.  It has distinctive showy snapdragon-like yellow…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