A purple Day foraging for St George’s Mushroom

Calocybe gambosum

Out in the woods this afternoon looking for St George’s Mushrooms. Not expecting much  as it is the lunar perigee today. They have been a bit patchy this year. Some rings have been dormant others prolific. This bunch weighed in at around 500g

Calocybe gambosum
St George’s Mushroom.

But lots of wild flowers in the woods to see while looking for mushrooms and they all seem to be purple-ish.

Viola canina
Dog Violets

Dog violets have been out for a few weeks but seem at their best now

Dactyolorhiza fuschii
Early Purple Orchids

Early purple orchids are in full flower now

Dactylorhiza fuschii
Early Purple Orchid

This group were taking advantage of a clearing in the woods

Ajuga reptans
Bugle

Bugle, a relative of mint is one of my favourite woodland plants

Ajuga reptans
Bugle

Here’s the top down view showing it has a square stem

Glechma hederacea
carpet of Ground Ivy

Many paths are carpeted with Ground Ivy. You often notice the aromatic smell before you realise your walking on it.

Glechoma hederacea
carpet of Ground Ivy

It’s also known as Alehoof as it was used to flavour beer before hops were introduced

Lamium purpureum
Red Dead-nettles

Another purple plant is the Red Dead-nettle, Lamium purpureum. Called a dead-nettle because it has no sting. It’s in the mint family.

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