Buttercups and daisies

We all know buttercups and daisies from our childhood but both these families of flowers are far more varied than we may sometimes think. The 'buttercups' belong to the rannunculus family and are open, five petalled flowers, whereas 'daisies' belong to the composite family along with dandelions and thistles and they have very much more complex flowers. To find out more about any of the species click on the link to the Nature of Dorset.
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Meadow Buttercup: the giant buttercup | Nature Reserves of Dorset

Meadow Buttercup: the giant buttercup - a nature note from Dorset

Creeping Buttercup: running wild | Nature Notes from Dorset

By far the most common of our buttercups is the creeping buttercup (Ranunculus repens). It flowers from May through until October and even on after that in milder winters.

Mugwort: the natural insect repelent | The Nature of Dorset

Mugwort: the natural insect repelent - a nature note from Dorset

Rough hawkbit: the answer lies in the soil | The Nature of Dorset

Rough hawkbit: the answer lies in the soil - a nature note from Dorset

Mouse-ear-hawkweed: just another dandelion | The Nature of Dorset

Mouse-ear-hawkweed: just another dandelion - a nature note from Dorset

Hawkweed Oxtongue: a hawkweed-like non-hawkweed | The Nature of Dorset

Hawkweed Oxtongue: a hawkweed-like non-hawkweed - a nature note from Dorset

Hemp-agrimony the holy rope | The Nature of Dorset

Hemp-agrimony the holy rope - a nature note from Dorset

Common Cudweed: or perhaps the uncommon cudweed | Nature Notes from Dorset

It may be called the common cudweed (Filago germanica) but in my experience, in Dorset at least, it seems to far from common. It is one of three species of cudweed that occurs here and the only one encountered frequently is marsh cudweed.

Marsh Ragwort: poisoned lies | The Nature of Dorset

Marsh Ragwort: poisoned lies - a nature note from Dorset

River Water Crowfoot; a flowing flower | The Nature of Dorset

a flowing flower - a nature note from Dorset

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