Poor man's orchids

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Saturday 18 June 2011 20:45

Another day, another labiate. This time Cut-leaved Selfheal, the only Sussex site for this scarce alien is on the edge of Brighton on a road verge. It took a little searching for. I have always been fascinated by this large group of plants. They were one of the groups I got into as a kid, I remember finding Black Horehound for the first time and being amazed by the smell. I grew to think of them as 'poor man's orchids'. Anyway, nearby I saw what I think is the hybrid between this plant and regular Selfheal. Also nearby was Knotted Hedge-parsley and Corn Parsley.

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