pavement plants

If you would like to see some of these Pavement Plants, please join me for a walk around part of Camden on Sunday September 12th at 10:00 am, meet in Camden Gardens, NW1 (junction of Kentish Town Rd, Camden St, Hawley Rd). We'll be finishing with some simple sketching activities. Email for more info julie@gardendwithoutdoors.org.uk.

Verbena

In the ten years I've been observing urban wild plants I've never seen verbena so I was surprised to see it this morning (August 30th) on a pavement locally. Unfortunately these photos are a bit out of focus but I will go back and try to take better ones.

verbena

verbena

verbena

verbena

smooth sow thistle

smooth sow thistle

the smooth sow thistles have found this area most conducive to growing large and exuberant

smooth sow thistle

wall lettuce

wall lettuce

a surprising plant in the pavement crack, common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium)

common hogweed Heracleum sphondylium

lots of verbena bonariensis near the hogweed - a more usual self-seeder

common hogweed Heracleum sphondylium

tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum)

Hypericum androsaemum

nemesia, garden escapee I presume

nemesia

2 spectacular persicaria maculosa plants, just growing in cracks

persicaria maculosa

persicaria maculosa

and another, must be the time of year for persicaria

persicaria maculosa

annual wall rocket

annual wall rocket

orache annual wall rocket

orache

hairy bittercress early rosette

hairy bittercress rosette

yarrow rosette

Achillea millefolium

I'm seeing lots of chenopodiums at this time of year

tree spinach

tree spinach (Chenopodium giganteum)

tree spinach Chenopodium giganteum

marsh yellow-cress' fat sausage fruits and shepherd's purse heart-shaped fruits

marsh yellow-cress shepherd's purse

marsh yellow-cress

a small shepherd's purse on the right, not sure what the small plant on the left it, must keep an eye on it

shepherd's purse

small shepherd's purse rosette

shepherd's purse

large shepherd's purse possibly? rosette

shepherds purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

great hairy willowherb (and ragwort or Oxford ragwort)

great hairy willowherb

great hairy willowherb

procumbent pearlwort

procumbent pearlwort Sagina procumbens