17th June 2016

Wild Flowers- Yellow Archangel, the most beautiful of the dead-nettle family, is widespread in ancient woodlands, old hedgerows  and damp shady areas, following on from Bluebells. Sometimes called the Yellow Deadnettle, it has a very high back lip, giving it the archangel name. The honey guide markings are reddish and very visible. Its specific Latin name, ‘galeobdolon’ means ‘smelling like a weasel’– if you don’t know how Weasels smell, just crash the leaves- it is not pleasant! There is a variegated garden form of Yellow Archangel which is useful as it is a great food source for Bees and other insects. Conditions: Heavy rain and thunder down South. Temperature: Max 16- Min 11C.

Yellow Archangel, showing the red honey guides and high back lip.

Yellow Archangel, showing the red honey guides and high back lip.

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