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Gorse, Freeman's wood, Lancaster

January is the quietest month for wild flowers in England.
Gorse, shown above, is the most striking and colourful native plant
flowering at this time of the year.

I  have divided flowers found in January into the following categories:  

Usually flowering in January

Daffodil, Dutch Crocus, Green Hellebore, Hazel, Lesser Celandine,

Snowdrop, Stinking Hellebore, Winter Aconite, Winter Jasmine,

Winter Honeysuckle and Winter Heliotrope. 

Flowering all year round, especially in mild winters

Adria Bellflower, Aubretia, Cape-pondweed, Common Chickweed, Common Field

Speedwell, Daisy, Dandelion, Elephant-ears, Gorse, Greater Periwinkle,

Greater Periwinkle var oxyloba, Groundsel, Hairy Bittercress, Intermediate

Periwinkle, Lesser Periwinkle, Mexican Fleabane, Red Dead-nettle,

Shepherd's Purse, Shrubby Scorpion-vetch, Trailing Bellflower, Virginia

 Stock and White Dead-nettle.

Hanging on from the previous year

This varies widely from year to year, depending on the number

of frosts and the amount of rain,  

In recent years I have seen the following at the beginning of January:

 Antirrhinum, Autumn Cyclamen, Common Ragwort, Feverfew, Fuschia,

Garden Mallow, Hedge Barberry, Hedge Veronica, Herb Robert, 

Hogweed, Ivy-leaved Toadflax, Marguerite, Nipplewort, Perennial 

Candytuft, Pot Marigold, Red Campion, Red Valerian, Shrub Ragwort,

Sweet Alison, Trailing Snapdragon, Wild Strawberry,Yarrow  and 

Yellow Corydalis. 

 I have not included these pages in the January section.

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) Survey 

Over the last few years the BSBI has carried out a survey into which

plants are in flower in the wild during the last 3 days of December and

the first day of January.

2014     2015     2016     2017     2018     2019     2020     2021     2022

 224       368       612       492       532       627       615       710       669

2023      2024      

477          629

The higher numbers in the 2024 survey are thought to be due to the mild

and damp weather at the end of 2023.

For details and discussion of the 2024 report click on this link.  

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