Wildflowers – March

Blue

Green Alkanet

Green Alkanet

This Green Alkanet which is also known as Evergreen Bugloss, has brilliant blue flowers which resemble forget-me-nots, and retains its green leaves through the winter. It grows to 90 cms. It likes shade and damp.

The flowers are edible.

It flowers March to July. The flower pictured was found near the hedgerow along Manley Lane to the north-west of Mouldsworth and close to the old post office/shop.  Can also be seen as you turn down from Peel Hall Lane towards the Scout Hut in Ashton.

Ivy-Leaved Speedwell

Ivy-Leaved Speedwell

This tiny more or less hairy annual has delightful blue flowers with palmately lobed leaves. It is a weed of disturbed grown and grows throughout Ashton and Mouldsworth. 

This Speedwell flowers between March and August

This example was seen in Shay Lane.

Pink

Red Campion

Red Campion

Medium tall perennial to 1m. The flowers are bright rosy pink and are quite distinctive. It likes rich soil and prefers light shade in woods and hedge banks. Also occurs in the open on mountains and sea cliffs.

Flowers March to November. The below was seen on the roadside bank down past the Ashton Village Hall.

Purple

Ground Ivy

Ground Ivy

Ground Ivy is an aromatic, perennial evergreen creeper of the mint family. It has round to reniform (kidney or fan shaped), opposed leaves about 1 inch in diameter, on long petioles attached to square stems which root at the nodes. The plant spreads either by stolon or seed, making it exceptionally difficult to eradicate. 

It is commonly known as ground-ivy, gill-over-the-ground, creeping charlie, alehoof, tunhoof, catsfoot, field balm and run-away-robin.

It is used as a salad green in many countries. European settlers carried it around the world, and it has become a well-established introduced and naturalised plant in a wide variety of localities.

Flowers March to June. This example was seen in Old Lane.

White

Field Pansy

Field Pansy

The commonest wild pansy, annual, with stems to 40cms.  It is also known as Heartease. A plant of bare ground and cultivated fields.

Pansy family plants have been used as love charm hence other names such as love lies bleeding, cuddle me, kiss-her-in-the-buttery. Also the name Heartease may have arisen because of its medicinal reputation as a cordial for the heart. It has also been taken both internally and externally.

Flowers March to July. This was growing at the edge of a maize field beside Andrews Wood.