SEPTEMBER WILD FLOWERS
There are still many wildflowers to be seen in the garden at High Beeches. It is a particularly good year for the Devil's-bit Scabious, succisa pratensis which is flowering freely throughout the meadows and garden. The Devils-bit scabious, a beautiful lavender blue, was used to treat Scabies and is a good source of nectar, it is also a food plant of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly
There are large clumps of Common Fleabane, Pulicaria dysenterica, to be found, its name comes from past use as an incense to rid the house of insects and it was also used in the treatment of dysentry. Water Mint, Menta aquatica, grows in the ghylls, a valuable source of nectar for bees and butterflies as well as a food plant for caterpillars.
Lesser Skullcap, Scutellaria minor and Cow Wheat, Melampyrum pratense are also flourishing. Cow Wheat is an ancient woodland indicator and its seed is attractive to wood ants. It is also a food plant for the caterpillars of the Heath Fritillary butterfly. The delicate Skull cap is semi parasitic on other plants and was used in traditional medicine.