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One blisteringly hot Thursday in September 2023,  Allison Singleton of Birding Jersey surveyed the plantlife in our churchyard. She said:

“As the church bell struck 10.00am we headed to the ancient Yew tree in front of the church where historically there have been a good number of Autumn Lady’s – tresses (Spiranthes spiralis). Disappointingly the area was barren of this charming little orchid. However we had found 4-5 on the way down where they had previously not been recorded.

This site is currently covered in various yellow blooms, so for botanical ‘fun’ we selected as many species as we could find and laid them out for identification! Not an easy task, but we did identify five different ‘dandelions’:

– Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
– Autumn Hawkbit (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)
– Cat’s-ear (Hypochaeris radicata)
– Smooth Hawksbeard (Crepis capillaris)
– Lesser Hawkbit (Leontodon saxitalis)

At the upper end of the churchyard we took time to notice the differences between the Upright Yellow-sorrel (Oxalis stricta) and Procumbant Yellow-sorrel (Oxalis corniculata). We were also delighted to find Creeping Cinquefoil (Potentilla reptans) with a few vivid yellow flowers. The coup of the day was certainly the stunning single plant of Musk Mallow (Malva moschata), with its delicate pale pink flowers and deeply cut upper leaves.

In total we recorded over 74 species of wildflower, in just a couple of hours!”

Here, with thanks to Allison and her group, are details of the species that they identified.

Annual Meadow Grass

Poa annua

Annual Mercury

Mercurialis annua

Atlantic Ivy

Hedera hibernica

Autumn Hawkbit

Scorzoneroides autumnalis

Autumn Ladys Tresses

Spiranthes spiralis

Black Medick

Medicago lupulina

Black Nightshade

Solanum nigrum

Black Spleenwort

Asplenium adiantum-nigrum


Rubus fruticosus

Bristly Ox Tongue

Helminthotheca echioides

Broad-leaved Dock

Rumex obtusifolius

Cats Ear

Hypochaeris radicata


Echinochloa crus-galli

Common Chickweed

Stellaria media

Common Mallow

Malva sylvestris

Common Mouse-ear

Cerastium fontanum

Common Nettle

Urtica dioica

Common Ragwort

Senecio jacobaea

Creeping Cinquefoil

Potentilla reptans

Cut-leaved Cranes-bill

Geranium dissectum


Bellis perennis


Taraxacum spectabile

Doves-foot Cranes-bill

Geranium molle

Fat Hen

Chenopodium album

Field Bindweed

Convolvulus arvensis

Field Horsetail

Equisetum arvense

Field Madder

Sherardia arvensis

Four-leaved Allseed

Polycarpon tetraphyllum

Germander Speedwell

Veronica chamaedrys

Greater Plantain

Plantago major major


Senecio vulgaris

Hairy Birds-foot Trefoil

Lotus subbiflorus

Hairy Bitter-cress

Cardamine hirsuta

Hairy Finger-grass

Digitaria sanguinalis


Heracleum sphondylium


Ilex aquifolium


Lonicera periclymenum

Ivy-leaved Toadflax

Cymbalaria muralis


Polygonum aviculare

Ladys Bedstraw

Galium verum

Lanceolate Spleenwort

Asplenium obovatum

Large Bindweed

Calystegia silvatica

Lesser Burdock

Arctium minus minus

Lesser Hawkbit

Leontodon saxatilis

Maidenhair Spleenwort

Asplenium trichomanes

Mexican Fleabane

Erigeron karvinskianus


Soleirolia soleirolii


Malva moschata


Umbilicus rupestris


Parietaria judaica

Petty Spurge

Euphorbia peplus

Pot Marigold

Calendula officinalis

Prickly Sow-thistle

Sonchus asper


Primula vulgaris

Procumbent Pearlwort

Sagina procumbens

Procumbent Yellow Sorrel

Oxalis corniculata

Red Valerian

Centranthus ruber

Ribwort Plantain

Plantago lanceolata

Sand Spurrey

Spergularia rubra

Scarlet Pimpernel

Anagallis arvensis

Scentless Mayweed

Tripleurospermum inodorum


Prunella vulgaris

Smooth Hawks-beard

Crepis capillaris

Smooth Sow-thistle

Sonchus oleraceus

Spotted Medick

Medicago arabica

Sweet Violet

Viola odorata

Thyme-leaved Speedwell

Veronica serpyllifolia

Upright Yellow Sorrel

Oxalis stricta

Wall Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster horizontalis

Wall Rue

Asplenium ruta-muraria

Western Polypody

Polypodium interjectum

White Clover

Trifolium repens

Wood Avens

Geum urbanum


Achillea millefolium


Taxus baccata