A hidden gem in the High Weald of Sussex, sensitively planted to enhance the natural landscape. A botanical treasure trove and classic English idyll make High Beeches one of the finest gardens in the South East


Monday, 14 September 2015

Late flowering wildflowers

Three wildflowers flowering in the garden.

Mentha aquatica
There are still many wildflowers flowering in
the garden.  Among them are Mentha aquatica
(Water Mint), Hypericum, perforatum (Perforate St John's Wort) and Pulicaria dysenterica (Common Flea Bane).

Water Mint is a hairy perennial that smells
strongly of mint.  It is found in damp ground,
is very popular with insects and is common
through Europe and some parts of Asia.

Perforate St Johns-wort is an upright perennial,
Hypericum perforatum
native to Europe and Asia.  A herb which is
sometimes used to treat mild cases of depression.
Research is going on into its antibacterial
properties.  It is poisonous in large doses
to grazing animals.

Pulicaria dysenterica

Common Flea Bane is a creeping perennial
found on heavy soils in damp places and is
also common throughout Europe and Asia.
It has been used in the past as an incense to
drive away insects and has been used in the
past as a treatment for dysentry.

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