Wonderful Wildflowers of Wales, Volume 1: Woodland and Waysides

by Pat O'Reilly and Sue Parker

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Wonderful Wildflowers of Wales, Volume 1: Woodland and Waysides

"The essential guide to wildflowers of hedgerows, verges, woodland walks and waysides in Wales"

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A beautifully illustrated guide to wildflowers of hedgerows, roadside verges, woodland walks and waysides of Wales - and equally relevant also to the rest of Britain and Ireland.

This book contains more than 100 large colour photographs including close-ups as well as plant size guides and flowering-season date strips.

Inside the back cover there is a 'Dulux' colour chart index page to make species identification as straightforward as possible.


As someone with many years experience of photographing wild flowers in Wales I was impressed by the high quality of the photographs... ...I particularly liked the anecdotes and comments relating to the medicinal uses of some of the plants.

(Jane Rees, writing in Natur Cymru)

Details A beautifully illustrated guide to wildflowers of hedgerows, roadside verges, woodland walks and waysides.
  • More than 120 large colour photographs
  • Close-up photos and size guides
  • Flowering season date strips
  • 'Dulux' colour chart index page
Title Wonderful Wildflowers of Wales, Volume 1: Woodland and Waysides
Authors Writers and broadcasters Pat O'Reilly and Sue Parker are frequent contributors to countryside magazines and have been photographing wildflowers for more than 30 years. Pat and Sue live in West Wales.
Publisher First Nature
ISBN 0-9549554-1-2


What’s Special about Wildflowers? Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)
Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa)
Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
Primrose (Primula vulgaris) Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)
Cowslip (Primula veris) Early Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula)
Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) Wood-sorrel (Oxalis acetosella)
Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris)
Ramsons (Allium Ursinum) Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Lords and Ladies (Arum maculatum) Dog Violet (Viola riviniana)
Greater Stitchwort (Stella holostea) Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)
Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus aculeatus) Betony (Stachys officinalis)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Broadleaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)
Red Campion (Silene dioica) Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
White Campion (Silene latifolia) Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens)
Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) Fox and Cubs (Pilosella aurantiaca)
Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion augusifolium) White Deadnettle (Lamium album)
Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) Common Spotted Orchid (Dachtylorhiza fuchsii)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) Stinking Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus)
Shining Cranesbill (Geranium lucidum) Borage (Borago officinalis)
Silverweed (Potentilla anserine) Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca)
Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare) Biting Stonecrop (Sedum acre)
Welsh Poppy (Meconopsis cambrica) White Bryony (Bryonia dioica)
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Dog Rose (Rosa canina) Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) Harebells (Campanula rotundifolia)
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) Sheepsbit (Jasione montana)
Wall Pennywort (Umbilicus rupestris) Ivy-leaved Toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis)
Comfrey (Symphytum species) Common Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris)
Three-cornered Leek (Allium triquetrum) Woody Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
Bugle (Ajuga reptans) Woodland Wildflowers in Wales
Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon) Colour Chart

About the authors

Writer and broadcaster Pat O'Reilly has wandered the countryside throughout Europe in search of wildflowers for more than 50 years; he has written more than 20 books on wildlife and countryside topics.

Sue Parker is a frequent contributor to countryside magazines, radio and TV programmes and has been studying and photographing wild orchids for more than 30 years; this is Sue's ninth book.

This book uses the commonly accepted term wildflowers, rather than wild flowers. Whatever your preference the flowers illustrated and described in this guide book are some of the most beautiful to be found in Wales.

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