A number of plants have the suffix bane at the end of their name. I wrote about henbane last week, this week it is another unrelated species, fleabane Pulicaria dysenterica. In the past I was used to seeing this species on ditch banks bordering arable fields. It is a species that does not thrive with regular grazing, and currently it is abundant in some of the fields on the RSPB reserve that have been left ungrazed over the past 10 summers to favour bumblebees.
The fields look pretty with this bright yellow flower. A few years back however, Read the rest of this entry »