Since Anglo Saxon times and beyond Elecampane with its yellow sunflowers in summer above broad foliage, was deeply revered as a magical plant as well extremely important medicinally. Though a naturalised alien, one comes across stands in all kinds of wild places, such as the coast of Pembrokeshire or the Scottish Islands where it must have been for centuries if not millennia.

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Long believed to be native, although rare in the wild, this relative of the mostly tropical ginger family has been grown in gardens for centuries as ground cover in woodland and as a remedy for drunkenness amongst other complaints. It makes a slowly spreading mat of evergreen foliage, invaluable in autumn and winter when the curious rounded leaves reflect the light.

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Speedwells come in lots of shapes and sizes but V.spicata stands out as something special. Montgomeryshire even adopted it as its county flower. A plant of drier grassland it is a 12” tall tufted perennial its spikes of deep purple flowers appear in late summer.

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One of the first wetland plants to flower (March-May) with its striking golden flowers and roundish glossy leaves. Otherwise called 'Marsh Marigold' it is happy in water logged ground and all light conditions, even the deepest shade. Ideal for pond-side, bog or wet wood.

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Found in shaded riversides this is intriguing to come across in the wild. Reaching about 45cm (18) it has nodding flowers with a purple calyx and orange-pink petals, and divided leaves like its common cousin Wood Avens.

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The white flowered of Geum rivale is equally strong growing.

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Also known as 'Queen of the Meadow', (she's a shepherdess in Welsh) the fern like leaves and creamy blossoms in late summer have been used for flavouring potpourri for centuries. It grows 3ft tall in any moist soil in full sun, liking waterlogged ground as well.

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This plant of wet meadows and stream sides, grows from a rhizome to 1m high and produces clusters of cream yellow flowers in summer, hence the Welsh reference to silver. It is more prevalent in the east of England where it is another native in decline.

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This little plant covers damp or boggy shaded areas with a mat of bright greeny-gold all through spring and early summer. The whole plant looks exactly like a tiny euphorbia, with the flowers themselves little green dots in the sea of gold. Supplied as 5cm (2") sections of mat.

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No-one seems to know the origin of the association with dogs in the English name, but it may prosaically be its lack of scent to humans at least. However, these violets are long flowering and make excellent ground cover in light shade.

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