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Nettles and Plantains

More Plants That Don’t Need Bees

Audio version of Nettles – P Madden Plants that are pollinated by the wind lack the striking colours and strong scents of insect-pollinated plants.  Colour and scent attract insects; wind-pollinated plants don’t need either. One common flowering plant that is wind-pollinated is the Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) or Neantóg in Irish. (1a) The whorls of…


Unmissable roadside flowers

Audio version of Flowers – P Madden Masses of Cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) or Persil bhó in Irish have been dominating and brightening up roadsides, hedgerows and woodland edges since April and are always a herald of summer.  They are beginning to fade now and leave nature’s stage. (1a;1b) It is sometimes called Queen Anne’s…