Buttercups, Lilys, Poppies and More…

Buttercup Family

Meadow Buttercup

Meadow Buttercup
Cambridge Road and Derby Road

Ranunculus acris.

Flowers: 18-25mm, 5 shiny yellow petals.

Leaves: rounded, with 5-7 lobes.

Less common in the park than Creeping Buttercup.

Creeping Buttercup

Creeping Buttercup
Everywhere

Ranunculus repens.

Flowers: 20-30mm, 5 yellow petals.

Leaves: hairy, with 3 lobes.

The most common variant in the park.

Celery-leaved Buttercup

Celery-leaved Buttercup
Reed bed

Ranunculus sceleratus.

Flowers: 5-10mm, pale yellow petals.

Leaves: Celery-like.

Less common in the park than Creeping Buttercup.

Lesser Celandine

Lesser Celandine
Cattle pond

Ranunculus ficaria.

The flowers are yellow and arranged in a head, with the individual florets surrounded by bracts. The fruits are achenes, which are small, dry, one-seeded fruits.

Common Water-crowfoot

Common Water-crowfoot
Lake

Ranunculus aquatilis.

Water crowfoot is a floating aquatic plant. It features slender, branching stems with small, delicate leaves that resemble the feet of a crow. Adorned with white or yellow flowers, providing habitat and food for aquatic wildlife.

Winter Aconite

Winter Aconite
Formal Garden

Eranthis hyemalis.

Grows up to 15cm with yellow cup-shaped flowers, with 6 petals in January to April.

Non-native, but widespread.

Lily Family

Snowdrops

Snowdrops
Behind the lake

Galanthus nivalis.

Small white flowers with three petals, leaves narrow and pointed.

Bluebells

Bluebells
Behind the lake

Hyacinthoides non-scripta.

Blue-purple flowers hanging from a single stem, leaves long and narrow with a slight arch.

Spring Squill

Spring Squill
Digby Avenue

Scilla verna.

A perennial bulbous plant that produces spikes of small, bell-shaped flowers in shades of blue, white, and pink.

Daffodils

Daffodils
Everywhere

Narcissus

Flowers are trumpet-shaped and usually yellow or white with a yellow or orange centre. 

Leaves are strap-like and emerge from the base of the plant. 

Three Corned Garlic

Three corned garlic
Lime Tree Avenue

Allium triquetrum.

Three-cornered garlic is a perennial herbaceous plant with triangular-shaped flower stems and small, white, star-shaped flowers. It has a distinct garlic-like scent and is often found in woodland areas or along hedgerows. However, it is considered an invasive species in some regions due to its ability to spread rapidly.

Poppy Family

Welsh Poppy 

Welsh Poppy
Lime Tree Avenue

Meconopsis cambrica.

The Welsh poppy is a small, yellow wildflower with four overlapping petals. It blooms from June to August.

Iceland Poppy

Iceland Poppy
Lime Tree Avenue

Papaver nudicaule.

The Iceland poppy (Papaver nudicaule) is a short-lived perennial plant. It is a hardy plant that can tolerate cold weather and poor soil conditions. The Iceland poppy has papery, cup-shaped flowers that are typically white, yellow, orange, or red. The flowers bloom in the spring and summer.

Greater Celandine

Greater Celandine
Lakeside

Chelidonium majus.

Greater celandine is a tall plant with bright yellow flowers. It looks like a buttercup, but its petals don’t overlap. It has lobed, green leaves.

Yellow Corydalis

Yellow Corydalis
Courtyard

Pseudofumaria lutea.

Yellow Corydalis has bright yellow flowers that are shaped like little trumpets. The leaves are finely divided and green to grey-green.

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Crocus

Crocus
Behind the lake

Crocus vernus.

Iris Family.

Flowers are purple, white, yellow or striped.  Leaves are grass-like and emerge from the base of the plant.

Some are likely to be the rare Nottingham Crocus.

Fern

Fern
Everywhere

Ferns are leafy plants that don’t have flowers or seeds. They reproduce by spores, which are tiny dust-like particles. Ferns grow in moist, shady places, and there are many different types of ferns. Some ferns are big and leafy, while others are small and delicate.

White Water-Lily

Water Lily
Lake

Nymphaea alba.

Water lilies are flowers that grow in still water. They have large, round leaves that float on the surface of the water, and their flowers can be white, yellow, or pink.

Common Spotted-orchid

Common Spotted Orchid
Lake, by Reed bed

Dactylorhiza fuchsii.

The Common Spotted Orchid has a rosette of basal leaves and a tall, slender stem topped with a spike of pale pink to purple flowers. The flowers have a distinctive three-lobed lip with darker pink spots and stripes.  It blooms from June to August.

Lords-and-ladies

Lords-and-ladies
North side of Parkside field

Arum maculatum.

Arum Family.

Lords-and-ladies is a distinctive plant with large, arrow-shaped leaves that emerge in spring. In the spring, a tall, upright stalk emerges that contains a spike of tiny flowers flowers. In autumn, bright red berries appear.

Galingale

Galingale
Lakeside

Cyperus longus.

Cyperus Family.

Galingale is a wildflower that grows in moist areas, such as marshes and swamps. It has long, slender leaves and produces clusters of small, white flowers. The flowers have a sweet, liquorice-like scent.

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Photographs used on these Wildflower pages were taken in Wollaton Park and are reproduced with the original artist’s permission. 

Credits:  Colin Robbins, Gila Taylor, Chris Golightly, Kiyoko Naish, Unni Williams, Kyle Heesom, Wendy Martin.

Copyright © for each picture remains with the original artist, who is duly acknowledged and credited for each image.