Plant of the Month - April

Each month we feature a picture of a plant growing on The Commons. All plants featured have been photographed here. This month, we are featuring the Moschatel.

This inconspicuous little flower has some endearing qualities. It blooms in damp woodland and on hedge banks in early April. If you look carefully you will find it alongside the School Common footpath. The flowers are fascinating. They have four faces arranged in a cube with a further flower on top facing the sky. Hence the common name of Townhall Clock.

Moschatel flowers early before the woodland canopy closes and then quickly disappears. The flowers smell faintly of musk, particularly in the evening when the dew falls. As our only member of the family Adoxaceae, it is truly one of a kind.

More pictures and information can be found on the UK wild flowers website.

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