Plant of the Month - August

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 Enchanter's Nightshade.

When the leaf canopy closes over in Spring and the wood darkens, most flowering plants take their leave. Not so the elegant little Enchanter’s Nightshade, a member of the Willowherb family. It can be found in flower now in shady parts of the Commons and alongside Foxs Beck. The tiny blossoms are mounted like butterflies in pairs up the stem. The flowers secrete a form of honey which attracts tiny night flying insects. Hence the enchantment perhaps?. In mythology it has a more sinister use, being seen as the charm that the witch Circe used to turn Ulysses’ crew into pigs.

Seen by many gardeners as a weed, it can be difficult to eradicate, and a challenge to photographers because it is so retiring, 'Plant of the Month' is glad to shine the spotlight on this little woodland gem.

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

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