The Daily Telegraph - Saturday

FIVE FABULOUS MEADOW

FLOWERS

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Yellow rattle Known as the meadowmake­r, parasitic Rhinanthus minor has the slightly sinister ability to suppress over-vigorous grass.

Oxeye daisy

Best in limey or neutral soil, Leucanthem­um vulgare is our largest and happiest wild daisy.

Common spotted orchid The common name of Dactylorhi­za fuchsii comes from its purplespot­ted leaves. The bright pink flowers are beloved by day-flying moths.

Common sorrel Tallish, with little green flowers tinged with red, Rumex acetosa grows well on most meadows.

Field scabious

A beautiful purple-blue, Knautia arvensis is composed of many small, individual flowers. Adored by pollinator­s, each plant can produce up to 50 flowers.

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