Saturday 11 July 2020

Purple Gromwell

Purple Gromwell - stumbled upon this single plant near Weston today. From what I can gather it's a bit of a local speciality.
A quick look off the seafront this morning revealed 3 Common Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern and 10+ Mediterranean Gull. At least four Ring-necked Parakeets were flying around the Maer. Otherwise today a very pleasant walk along the coastal path between Weston and Sidmouth.

Common Toadflax

Wild Marjoram - masses of this seen today.

Wood Spurge - thank you Debs and Kev!
Viper's Bugloss

Ivy Broomrape

Ploughman's-spikenard - again, a big thank you to Debs and Kev.

Pyramidal Orchid

Sea Kale

Scarlet Pimpernel - seeing these everywhere at the moment.

Golden-ringed Dragonfly

Small Tortoiseshell


  1. Great photos, as ever!

    There doesn't appear to be any ivy for the broomrape to feed on. Is there any out of the picture?

    K suggests: take a look at Wood spurge and Ploughman's-spikenard.

  2. Thanks once again Debs - I've never heard of Ploughman's-spikenard! Just the one plant on a clifftop. The Broomrape was on the edge of a mass of cliff-top Ivy - one of about 30 spikes. I was surprised they were in such an open, light environment having seen the Exmouth ones in near darkness! I guess light intensity is of little consequence when you have zero chlorophyll. Please thank Kev for me too. All the best. Matt