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January

 

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 and Winter Heliotrope. 

Flowering all year round, especially in mild winters

Adria Bellflower, Aubretia, Common Chickweed, Common Field

Speedwell, Daisy, Dandelion, Gorse, Greater Periwinkle,

Groundsel, Hairy Bittercress, Lesser Periwinkle, Mexican Fleabane,

Red Dead-nettle, Shepherd's Purse, Trailing Bellflower, Virginia

Stock and  White Dead-nettle.

Hanging on from the summer of the previous year

As this varies widely from year to year, depending on the number

of frosts and the amount of rain,  

In recent years  I have seen:  Antirrhinum, Autumn Cyclamen,

Feverfew,  Fuschia, Garden  Mallow, Hedge Barberry, Perennial

Candytuft, Herb Robert (pink and white varieties), Hogweed,

Ivy-leaved Toadflax, Marguerite, Red Campion, Red Valerian,

Sweet Alison,  Wild Strawberry and Yellow Corydalis in January.

 I have not included these pages in the January section.

For the past 5 years the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland

 

(BSBI) 

 

has carried out a survey into which plants are in flower on the first 4 days of

January.

Last year there were 612 compared to 368 in 2015, which was itself a record.

This year (2017) there were 492. I can confirm a slower start to the year in West

Dorset. I did not see a Snowdrop before the 15th or a Lesser Celandines before the

24th, whereas last year they were both out in large numbers before the

beginning of January.

 



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