Aliens Day

I spent some time in the Prabost area and across toward Borve recently and apart from new sites for Carex canescens (White Sedge) and Equisetum pratense (Shady Horsetail), most of the interest was from garden escapes or throw-outs. My predecessor as vice-county recorder lived in Prabost and there are a number of plants that have escaped along the road from her garden such as Lamiastrum galeobdolon subsp. argentatum (Garden Yellow-archangel),  Lunaria annua (Honesty),  Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh Poppy), Ribes nigrum (Black Currant) and Tolmiea menziesii (Pick-a-back-plant).

Lamiastrum & Tolmeia

Lamiastrum & Tolmiea

Not far away there was a new site for Acaena inermis (Spineless Acaena) and in a couple of lay-bys on the main Portree to Uig road there was Aquilegia vulgaris (Columbine), Ligustrum ovalifolium (Garden Privet), Persicaria bistorta (Common Bistort) and Symphoricarpos x chenaultii (Pink Snowberry).

Symphoricarpos x chenaultii (Pink Snowberry)

Symphoricarpos x chenaultii (Pink Snowberry)

Five new hectad records in that lot.  And then there was a crack willow that I haven’t managed to pin down yet – 5m tall but with small leaves for this group.

Crack Willow

Crack Willow


3 Responses to “Aliens Day”

  1. Seth Gibson Says:

    Went to Prabost and found that Pick-a-back Plant – not one I’ve seen before, so cheers for the clues!

  2. Stephen Says:

    My pleasure.

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