Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Settle Wildflowers - Day 9 - Green 2

These flowers are actually greeny yellow.
The first two are "country flowers" - requiring relatively undisturbed places with low nutrients, i.e. low pollution.
The third is one you may well find in your garden.. and also in Settle footpaths such as the cobbles below Settle Coop.

The first two I saw on my exercise walk three weeks ago: 

Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage and Alternate-leaved Golden Saxifrage. They both grow in wet flushes. e.g. streams and wet places by country footpaths.

The third I saw two days ago - Petty Spurge - though how long it will last with the current drought is questionable.  

The Opposite-leaved species has.. opposite leaves and likes lime-rich water. That is the one you are most likely to find. 
The Alternate-leaved species has .. alternate leaves, and bigger, kidney-shaped leaves. It is very rare in our area so I was delighted to find it near Settle. 

Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage:
Leaves smaller, rounder and the lobes more pointed

Alternate-leaved Golden Saxifrage:
Leaves slightly larger, more kidney shaped, and the lobes round not pointed

Alternate-leaved Golden-saxifrage

Petty spurge will be found in many of our gardens...

Petty spurge
Petty spurge

Petty spurge

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