Thursday, 12 July 2012

Hedgerows alive again

Foxgloves surrounded by the blue flowers of sheep's bit.
The Llyn is famous for its wild flowers, and as the summer continues the cow parsley and blue bells of spring give way to these magnificent foxgloves. As beautiful as they are, foxgloves contain a powerful poison called digitoxin which can be fatal in even small amounts. In former times it was used as a heart medicine, but it's use is declining now in favour of safer drugs because of the ease of delivering a fatal overdose.

Another unusual plant often seen at this time of year is the navelwort. This plant has water-storing succulent leaves that enable it to survive in dry conditions such as stone walls.
The pale green flowers of navelwort with red campion in the background

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