Friday, 28 June 2013

A Jena Wildflower

The calciferous hills amongst which Jena nestles are protected nature reserves that are packed with the most beautiful wild-flowers. None struck me more than the throngs of purple and yellow wood cow-wheat (Melampyrum nemorosum) clustering in the hedgerows.

The purple 'petals' are actually new leaves, that turn green as they mature.

In German these flowers are called Hain-Wachtelweizen in German, which sort of means grove quail wheat. I didn't see any quails around here though.


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