Weekly plant identification forms part of my studies here at Gravetye. I walked through the meadow with Tom last week, trying to work out what species of hawkbit or catsear is currently in flower there. We worked out that it is the less desirable autumn hawkbit or Scorzoneroides autumnalis, but its place in the meadow is still an important one, working so well with the purple balls of the devils bit scabious or Succisa pratensis. Along with the fluffy white and brown seed heads of the hawkbit and knapweed throughout, it really makes a spectacular sight and the meadows last show before its yearly cut.
The meadow with devils bit scabious, autumn hawkbit and the seed heads of common knapweed in the foreground.
Words and photographs by Phil
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