Plant profiles

Apple blossom from Magourney Gardens
Apple blossom
Botanical description: A deciduous tree of variable height (there are dwarf trees available). The fruit is white/pale pink and is a valuable source of food for bees.
Burdock in leaf in large pot
Burdock in leaf in large pot
Large biennial with broad cordate leaves up to 40 cm long. Purple globular flower heads. The bracts are hooked burrs.
Daisy flowering in Magourney Gardens.
Daisy flowering in Magourney Gardens.
A rosette of spoon shaped leaves that hugs the ground with the flowers arising on hairy stalks. The composite flower is a single capitulum with a domed yellow central disc surrounded by white rays (sometimes with a pink tinge).
Dandelion flowering in March, Magourney Gardens.
Dandelion in Magourney Gardens.
Dandelion is too common to need describing. There are probably up to 250 subspecies but they are so similar as not to warrant individual description. It is native to Europe and grows worldwide.
Eyebright in flower on Hollyfort Hill in Wexford
Eyebright in flower on Hollyfort Hill in Wexford
A small downy annual saprophytic plant. It has a square stem up to 30 cm tall. The leaves are opposite and ovate. The two lipped flowers are red, purple or white and grow in axillary spikes.
Fennel flower in late summer, Magourney Gardens
Fennel flower in late summer, Magourney Gardens
Can reach 1-2 m in height. The plant is hairless and has finely divided leaves. The flowers are yellow and held in umbels. The fruit are ovoid. It is indigenous to Southern Europe and naturalized particularly in coastal regions.
Hawthorn in flower in Hollyfort, Wexford
Hawthorn in flower in Hollyfort, Wexford
A deciduous shrubby tree with long shoots and short thorny shoots. It has lobed, stipulate leaves and pink to white flowers with 5 petals, short triangular sepals, stamens prominent around nectary and carpels in corymbs.
Lavender in flower in Magourney, Cork
Lavender in flower in Magourney, Cork
A perennial evergreen shrub, grows up to 1 metre. The plant has grey green foliage, with spikes of flowers extending above the foliage. These are normally violet-blue, but there are cultivars in all shades of blue and purple, as well as white and pink.

 

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