Minute lilac flowers of Field Madder (Sherardia arvensis) among other arable weeds

Field Margin Flowers 4 – Field Madder

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Over the summer months I have been watching the way that an uncultivated strip of ploughed chalky soil at the edge of a large maize field has been colonised by wild plants in my village of Charlton Down in Dorset. The Common Poppies first attracted me to the area. Then I began to notice all the other arable weeds. This post features Field Madder (Sherardia arvensis) which has a prostrate growing form on the ground, and has minute lilac-coloured flowers. So easy to overlook and tread on. It was flowering abundantly in August and is one of the few plants still surviving in late September.

This Field Margin Flowers series presents images, not only of individual plant types, but also of whole assemblages of plants. You have to look very carefully to discover what is hiding in plain sight.

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