Hundreds of different wild flowers can be found when walking along the coast path and during the course of our guided walking holidays we get the chance to observe many flowers throughout the season.
Below you will find some of the varieties of wild flowers that we have photographed as we travel along.
Characteristics: Long spires make this an unusual member of the rose family. Between 20 and 80 cm tall. The leaflets have a grey-green, hairy underside and are coarsely toothed. The flowers are yellow and are produced on a long erect stem.
Habitat: Tall grassland, scrub, road verges and meadows.
Characteristics: Said to be brought in to the UK by the Romans as a foodstuff this grows vigorously in salt air. The large leaves set it apart from similar species and the flowers have a pungent smell.
Habitat: Sea Cliffs, Roadsides and Wasteland.
Characteristics: Generally scarce but prolific where found this plant is easy to recognise with its large multi-coloured flowers. 40 - 70 cm high.
Habitat: Hedgerows Woodland Glades.
Characteristics: The flowers can be a variety of colours such as yellow, purple and white. Each flower has an upper and lower lip, the upper lip forms a hood over the flower and the lower one has 3 lobes.
Habitat: Grassy Margins, Woodland and Hedgerows
Characteristics: With distinctive leaves this member of the Corydalis family is easy to identify and may be found cultivated in gardens.
Habitat: Open Woodland and disturbed ground.
Characteristics: Herbs with 5 leaflets to each leaf. The flowers are yellow or orange.
Habitat: Grassland, Heath , Moor and Coastline
Characteristics: This vetch can be identified by its irregular coloured flowers and leaf shape.
Habitat: Woodland Paths and Hedgerows
Characteristics: The flowers of this plant are instantly reconisable and are similar to those of the related potato and tomato. The plant also produces berrys often seen in clusters of red and green. This plant is highly poisonous although was once used medicinally.
Habitat: Climbing Over Other Vegitation in Marsh, Scrub and Costal Fringes
Characteristics: This is identified from other clovers by its yellow peaflowers and tiny black seed pods.
Characteristics: The thorney bush is widley use in hedges and the tiny white flowers are often the first flower to be seen after winter.
Characteristics: Bluebells, as we know them, grow only in north-western Europe, with the British Isles being their main stronghold. Bluebells can carpet the ground in suitable woodland almost to the exclusion of other plants.
Characteristics: The flower has a very short upper lip and comparatively large, three lobed, lower lip. Inside the flower tube is a ring of hairs.
Habitat: Woodland, Grassland, Scrub and Hedgerows
Characteristics: The leaves of this vetch are more upright and grouped and this climber is does not travel far.
Habitat: Grassland, Scrub and Hedgerows
Characteristics: Easily dismissed as "Another plant that looks like a Dandelion". However, closer inspection will reveal many differences. The leaves are in a rosette, from which is produced a branched flowering stalk. A leafless flower stalks of this kind is known as a scape. This scape gets thicker beneath each flower head. The flowers are bright yellow. The achenes are cylindrical and have a single row of feathered hairs around one end.
Habitat: Grassland, Meadows and Verges
Characteristics: The flowers are a creamy-white colour or purplish. Distinctive in having strongly winged stem.
Habitat: Damp Grassland and Verges
Characteristics: The yellow floors of this plant stand out in the late summer particulary in woodland glades and paths.
Habitat: Shady Woodland Paths
Characteristics: A parasitic plant usually found on cliffs growing on Gorse.
Habitat: Cliffs and Moorland
Characteristics: Small blue flowers mostly in grassland.
Habitat: Culitvated Grassland
Characteristics: A member of the Daisy family, this flower was once burnt to rid houses of fleas. It can be identified by the flat top to the centre of the flower.
Habitat: Grassland, Meadows and Ditches
Characteristics: A succulent this is typical of many costal plants. Mostly found on rocky outcrops but also in hedgerows close to coast.
Habitat: Coastline and Coastal Fringes
Characteristics: The long flower makes this plant quite distinctive and very attractive.
Habitat: Grassland, disturbed soil, hedge banks and waste places
Characteristics: The most common of vetch growing in a wide range of cultivated land.
Habitat: Grassland, Verges, Wasteland
Characteristics: This Buttercup is quite common and appears on grassland of all types.
Habitat: Grassland, Verges, Wasteland
Characteristics: Found in very damp areas of woodland and also on river banks.
Habitat: Damp Woodland and River Banks
Characteristics: There are several different species of Dog Rose with flowers pink or white. It is a common shrub and climber with hooked prickles on the stems.
Habitat: Coastal Scrub and Hedgerows.
Characteristics: This can be easily identified by the large purple blotches on the leaves even before the flower has appeared.
Habitat: Grassland, Woodland, Verges and Hedgerows
Characteristics: Tiny white flowers make it visible in the dark wooded areas it habitats.
Habitat: Dark Woodland and Similar Shaded Areas
Characteristics: Prolific succulent on coastline and rock outcrops the flower buds are red in contrast with the rich green of the plant. White flowers bust out of the buds to change the appearance dramatically.
Habitat: Coastline, Rocks, Short Turf.
Characteristics: There are many different species of this plant but all have the same two lipped flowers with the lower being three lobed. Flowers are usually white or lilac with a yellow blotch and purple streaks.
Habitat: Grassland, Heaths and Woodland Clearings.
Characteristics: This small plant is often seen at the margins of arable fields or bare ground.
Habitat: Arable Fields.
Characteristics: Dwarfed by the salt winds this rose can be seen on the cliffs of the North Devon coast. Very small it is easy to overlook.
Habitat: Coastal Margins.
Characteristics: Unmistakable tall flowers found in scrub and hedgerows.
Habitat: Scrub and Hedgerows
Characteristics: With large triangular leaves this plant is seen in hedges and verges in early spring. The white flowers appear on the tips of the stems and later it has long seed pods. The plant has a smell of garlic and has been used as a culinary herb.
Habitat: Hedgerows, Verges and Woodland Margins.
Characteristics: Widespread on coastal cliffs and scrub this spiky yellow flowered shrub flowers much of the year and has a smell of coconuts.
Habitat: Costal scrub, cliffs and heathland.
Characteristics: A hairy plant up to 1.5m tall with rounded leaf stems and pink flowers.
Habitat: Damp Hedgerows, River Banks and Ditches.
Characteristics: Seen in woodlands, this white flowers really brighten the spring. The flowers have five notched petals with yellow stamens.
Habitat: Woodland, Shady Hedgerow Margins.
Characteristics: A common hedgerow shrub whose leaf buds appear just before the flowers unlike the similar Blackthorn. Red berries appear in Autumn and often last throughout the winter.
Habitat: Hedgerows and Dense Scrub.
Characteristics: Similar to the common Dog Violet this plant is found in damp grassland and heath. The flower is very delicate and pale blue has dark veins on the lower petal.
Habitat: Grassy Heath land and Coastal Fringes.
Characteristics: Found all along the coastal this brings a flush of pink to the coastline. It grows slowly and lives a long time.
Habitat: Coastal cliffs and heath land.
Characteristics: This grows in dark woodland where it's matt purple flowers do not stand out very well. The leaves are distinctive with their heart shape and finely toothed edges.
Habitat: Woodland Margins and Damp Hedgerows.
Characteristics: one of the most frequent flowering plants, easily recognised by the purple stems and pink flowers.
Habitat: Walls, Hedges and Verges.
Characteristics: Although originally introduced as a garden plant now naturalised in th UK. The large purple or white flowers and heart shaped leaves make this quite distinctive along with the transparent seed heads.
Habitat: Verges, Wasteland and Cultivated Land.
Characteristics: A creeping hairless plant with thread stems. Leaves have long stalks with 5-7 lobes. The flowers are also long stalked and are pale violet with a yellow spot.
Habitat: Rocks, Walls and Scree.
Characteristics: Woolly yellow flowers in heads. Basal leaves in simple fashion with a few leaflets.
Habitat: Rocks, Coastal Scrub.
Characteristics: Identified by its slender leaves this knapweed is often seen isolated on grassland and scrub that is not grazed.
Habitat: Grassland and Scrub
Characteristics: Often seen on the edges of woodland paths, this yellow flower is a welcome sight in early spring. The leaves are heart shaped and quite fleshy.
Habitat: Woodland, Damp Meadows and Scrub.
Characteristics: A creeping plant found often in woodland and sometimes at the base of hedges.
Habitat: Woodland and Hedgerows
Characteristics: Broad shiny leaved, heart shaped with fine toothed margins. The flowers are very bright shiny yellow which makes the plant stand out very boldly in its habitat.
Habitat: Stream Edges, Damp Meadows and Wet Woodland.
Characteristics: A Straggling plant with yellow flowers very visible in the scrub or meadow margins. The leaves are similar to common vetch.
Habitat: Scrub, Meadows and Woodland Margins.
Characteristics: Also known as Pennywort this is found growing in a wide variety of damp places. The leaves are very fleshy and round with an indentation as it joins the stem.
Habitat: Damp Walls, Rocks and Damp Woodland.
Characteristics: A perennial found in dry grassy places often on coastal cliffs.
Habitat: Coastal Scrub, Meadows and Disturbed Ground.
Characteristics: Trailing plant seen in shady hedges and walls with bright violet to purple flowers.
Habitat: Hedges, Woodland and Scrub.
Characteristics: One of the first spring flowers, the primrose flowers each have their own stalk with orange markings in the centres.
Habitat: Woodland glades, embankments and on the meadow margins
Characteristics: Very distinctive when in flower the tiny flowers and creeping stems. Widespread on cliffs and coastal scrub margins.
Habitat: Sea Cliffs, and other High Ground.
Characteristics: An introduced plant, found sometimes on walls this flowers has dense violet flowers.
Habitat: Walls, Verges and Waste ground.
Characteristics: Hairy to hairless plant growing to 1m tall. Mass of leaf stems with clusters of yellow flowers. This plant is poisonous and is a problem for horses and sheep as it destroys the liver so is incurable.
Habitat: Meadows and Grassland.
Characteristics: Hairy and tall with purple flowers from reddish stems. Found in all manner of places and flowering sometimes in mild winter weather.
Habitat: Wet Woodland, Rich Meadows and Verges.
Characteristics: Bright lush clover with large pinkish red flower heads seen in meadows and other grassy places.
Habitat: Footpaths, Meadows, Costal Fringes.
Characteristics: This tough rooted creeper is very tough and is seen at field margins and permanent pasture.
Habitat: Pasture and Grassy Areas.
Characteristics: Introduced from the Himalayas, this woody shrub is said to be the world’s most prolific weed as it becomes rampant in woodland excluding other growth.
Characteristics: Upright plant growing up to 1.6m tall with long leafy stems and lots of purple flowers along the stem.
Habitat: Damp Verges and Woodland Clearings.
Characteristics: Small umbels of white flowers on long stems make this plant quite unusual. The leaves are deeply lobed and have three or five deep cut lobes.
Habitat: Shady Woodland and Hedgerow Margins.
Characteristics: Small plant in grassy places it has a very distinctive reddish flower with a purple centre. Easily overlooked
Habitat: Grassland and Coastal Scrub Margins.
Characteristics: This unusual plant is relative to the carrot and grows along the coastline.
Habitat: Coastal Cliff paths.
Characteristics: Clump forming on costal grass and cliffs with purple veined buds that open to white flowers. Very distinctive and coastal.
Habitat: Cliffs and Coastal Paths.
Characteristics: Very unusual flower pattern with small purple flowers emerging from the tightly clustered buds on a single stem.
Habitat: Meadows and Pasture.
Characteristics: An early blue flower that goes right on through the year. Found on coastal paths and pasture edges.
Habitat: Dry Grassland and Coastline.
Characteristics: A hairy creeper found at the edges of footpath on the coastline and other dry places.
Habitat: Dry Grassland and Coastline.
Characteristics: Found in damp meadows and fens. It has glossy leaves that are not marked and wonderful tall flower heads.
Habitat: Wet Meadows and Grassland.
Characteristics: A very prickly thistle indeed, it has deep green leaves which have pale undersides.
Habitat: Dry Grassland and Margins.
Characteristics: Very compact perennial found in dry grassland on cliffs.
Habitat: Costal Grassland.
Characteristics: Very defined leaf shape with seven leaves around the stem at intervals. White flowers have just four petals and has a aroma that is used as a flavouring.
Habitat: Shady Woodland and Hedgerows.
Characteristics: Dense clump forming with bright pink flower buds which open to light pink.
Habitat: Costal paths and Sandy Places.
Characteristics: Clambering up to 1.5m in hedgerow margins this is a very vibrant vetch as the tufted flowers form in upright clumps.
Habitat: Hedgerows and Verges.
Characteristics: Low growing shrub found in shady places, often in woodland. Bright yellow flowers studded with a pincushion of long stamens.
Habitat: Woodland and Shady Hedges or Walls.
Characteristics: A wonderful blue flower makes this mint very distinctive as it grows at the margins of running water and springs.
Habitat: Edges of Streams and Springs.
Characteristics: This plant bears very small fruits which have a wonderful taste. It creeps with runners and the flowers are very easily spotted.
Habitat: Woodland, Scrub and Hedgerows.
Characteristics: This plant looks very similar to culinary sage and is seen widely along the footpaths on the coastline.
Habitat: Dry Grassy Areas and Coastal Scrub.
Characteristics: Tiny white flowers on this clover like plant appear in woodland clearings and is said to be edible.
Habitat: Woodland and Hedgerows.
Characteristics: There is about 7,000 species of Spurge. The flowers of this Spurge are at the end of un-branched stems are unusual in that they do not have any petals.
Habitat: Woodland Clearings.
Characteristics: Found in damp woodland this grass forms large clumps. The faint reddish brown flowers are borne in clusters on stalks.
Habitat: Damp Woodland.
Characteristics: In woodlands this plant really brightens the landscape. It has large flowers for a member of the mint family. The leaves are quite triangular with toothed edges.
Habitat: Shady Woodland and Hedges.
Characteristics: A classic wetland plant with stunning colour when in sunlight.
Habitat: Stream Margins, Damp Meadow.
Characteristics: This plant is parasitic in that it derives nutrients and water from the roots of grasses. The yellow flowers have two lips and the distinctive leaves are long and toothed.
Habitat: Open Grassland, Verges and Meadows.
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