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Yellow Archangel (Galeobdolon luteum)


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A close relative of the red and white dead nettles but far less common. It was once thought to be a guardian against evil spirits and spells. It has bright yellow flowers. The upper lip is helmet shaped the lower lip has three equal sized lobes with red stripes on them. The leaves are hairy and irregularly toothed. The flowers and crushed leaves give off an unpleasant smell. The seeds form in brown spade shaped nutlets. This plant was in a ditch by a hedge and is probably a garden escape as the leaves are silver marked, a variety that was commonly grown in gardens. It flowers mainly May - June. Picture taken near Maulden Bedfordshire, May 2nd 2006.

2nd May 2006 by Diane Earl

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