Saturday, June 26, 2010

Yellow Loosestrife



Yellow Loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris)

Yellow Loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris)

Yellow Loosestrife is an absolutely magnificent plant.

I usually choose one of three different walks each day. It seems odd to me that, even though all three walks follow narrow rural roads edged by hedges and stone fences, some flowers are found in just one or two spots. Yellow loosestrife is one of those. Lucky for me, the largest patch of them is just outside of St. Michaels church in Pennington which we pass every day.

The yellow is simply brilliant. Unlike foxglove, yellow loosestrife seems to favor growing in large colonies rather than a single plant here or there.


Yellow Loosestrife
Yellow Loosestrife

Update June 27th: We traveled to Malham Cove (in the Yorkshire Dales) to catch a glimpse of a family of peregrine falcons nesting there as well as green woodpeckers and redstarts. On the walk back to the car, I took this photo of a charming patch of yellow loosestrife.

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