Earth Day 2020
Please join the Stockley Park Management Team in celebrating Earth Day 2020. We have shared some of our beautiful onsite botanical diversity and we would like to encourage you to share some of your own pictures – from perhaps one of your favourite green spaces, or somewhere you exercise and walk often? Connect with us on Twitter or Instagram to share your #EarthDay photos.
Remember to take time to enjoy the little things during this difficult time. #StaySafe
Purple Dead Nettle
Traditionally known as the ‘bumblebee flower’ in some British counties as bumblebees love this early pollen source. Appearance: Whorls of pink-purple flowers clustered amongst leaves towards the top of the plant. The aromatic leaves are hairy, heart-shaped and have toothed edges. Some leaves near the top of the plant take on a purple tint.
Unlike stinging nettle, the leaves of this plant do not irritate the skin. It is a member of the mint family, which is distinguished by the purple deadnettle’s four-sided square stem.
Green Alkanet is a member of the forget-me-not family, Boraginaceae, and is related to borage and comfrey.
Appearance: Hairy stems which grow up to 80cm, leaves broadly ovate and bristly to the touch. Bright blue forget-me-not type flowers with a white centre flower from April to June.
Mature horse chestnut trees grow to a height of around 40m and can live for up to 300 years.
The bark is smooth and pinky-grey when young, which darkens and develops scaly plates with age. Twigs are hairless and stout; buds are oval, dark red, shiny and sticky. The tree has distinctive large leaves with serrated leaflets.
Appearing in May, individual flowers have 4–5 fringed petals, which are white with a pink flush at the base.
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