Yellow Weasel

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Just as the bluebell carpets are fading, out comes the Yellow Archangel, one of the dead nettles and thus part of the mint family (square stalks are the give-away). We found one outside our wood coming into flower this week last year and now happily we have a few plants down by our own pond – they prefer damp woodlands and hedgerows. They are lovely things so we have taken cuttings to help them spread a little. The garden escapees generally have variegated leaves so I think we’re OK.

It’s a favourite flower but I was struggling to find anything new to say about it. Then I read that the crushed leaves have an unpleasant smell. Its proper name is Lamium galeobdolon and according to First Nature, galeobdolon means ‘smelling like a weasel’. Next time, I’ll try the ‘scratch and sniff’ test – the only way I’m (hopefully) ever going to find out what weasels smell like.

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