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.


  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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