Bugle (Ajuga reptans) photographed this week in the park’s copses.
Bugle is an evergreen perennial, a member of the mint family, that spreads by means of long, leafy runners that root at intervals. In fact, the reptans in its scientific name is derived from repto, the Latin for creeping or crawling.
Its spikes of bright purplish-blue flowers, up to 20cm tall, grow from dense mats of dark green leaves with purple highlights. It likes fertile soils in damp and shady places under hedges and along woodland paths.
It flowers between April and July and attracts a variety of nectar-feeding insects, including the green-veined white butterfly (Pieris napi), which was identified in the park for the first time last year.
Conservation status: common and widespread
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