Saw a wonderful patch of wildplants and flowers today growing on a verge near a railway line. I remember when this verge looked barren and stony and rather sad after established plants had been rooted out to make way for repairs, but now it is alive with an amazing and colourful range of plants. It’s even more beautiful than it was before.
The plant in the foreground here is Common Mugwort (artemesia vulgaris). Not the most attractive of names I admit, but at least I was able to identify it correctly having previously thought it was something else altogether! I like the purple-red stems, the leaf shape – which isn’t obvious here – and the little white flower buds.
In the background are red dock flowers. Other plants in this area included thistles and pink willow herb. It all looked really lovely on this very warm and sunny day.
The website I used – once again – to try and identify the mugwort is this one:
It’s a straightforward website which lists wildflowers by the month they appear.