Strange flower at Charlton Down

Daily Walk in Difficult Times 42

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This one is a total mystery to me. I have no idea what it is. I have not altered the photographs in any way. I know that the unusual colouring may be the effect of the low sun of the late afternoon passing through the leaves and other parts. It was growing on a piece of un-tended waste ground which may at one time have been a kitchen garden (an area close to a Victorian building).  So it could be a cultivated plant or a wild one. It seemed to be growing in a creeping way along the ground – a bit like a pea without support. It was difficult to tell because I had to view it over a fence and couldn’t get up close. I used a zoom for the pictures. The blue-purple colouring gives it a kind of alien look. Perhaps you recognise it? I’d love to know what it is.

24 Replies to “Daily Walk in Difficult Times 42”

  1. Thanks, Gordon. I have just never encountered it before. It probably has a long history of survival in the patch of ground where I spotted it – maybe going back to the late 19th century.

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  2. Thank you, Frogend Dweller. It is really beautiful. So unexpected in its location but easy to overlook amongst all the Garlic Mustard and Tuberous Comfrey growing in the same patch. I don’t think I would have noticed it at all if the sun had not been shining through the leaves to give that rainbow effect.

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  3. It looks like Hellibore to me. We have had some that colour but we’ve moved home so cannot check. I am no expert so others are probably right. Plenty of hellibore images on the web so Google it and compare.

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  4. Thanks, Bob. I looked at Hellebore but it is not that. Honeywort, as suggested by others today, fits the bill exactly. I am just surprised that I had never seen it before even though I was a keen gardener before I moved to a flat.

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