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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

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.

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 on the first 4 days of January.

In 2015, for example, there were 368, in 2016 there were 612, and in 

2017, 492.I

 



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