Rosebay Willowherb….and Friends

A weed or a Wild Flower……?


Rosebay Willowherb is now in full flower. Hated by many because it is so successful but loved many others, including me, as a Wild Flower of summer. Tall red spikes on top of bright green steams produce pink flower heads in profusion. Loved by bees and other insects as a nectar source.

To me its prolific nature and its ability to thrive where the only other vegetation is nettles and thistle is one of the attractions and benefits. All three are fantastic feeding stations for Butterflies, Bees, Moths and many other insects…..a good number of Butterflies lay there eggs on the Nettles which provides food for both caterpillars and of course the Butterflies….Friend or foe here are a few portraits of Rosebay and friends spotted on todays walk…

17th July

(C) David Oakes 2015