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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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14 May, 2010

Bugle (Ajuga reptans)

Bugle (Ajuga reptans)
Originally uploaded by Peter Orchard
This a common flower of damp woodlands and meadows at this time of year and is common across Dorset in such habitat.

One needs to be a bit careful as it looks, at first glance, a bit like Ground Ivy and it is, indeed, closely related. A more detailed look will quickly tell you it is not Ground Ivy, the plant being usually taller, the flowers larger and a darker blue and the stem being darkish in colour, almost a dark red.

Flowering for a short time in May, possibly in to June it can be seen now.

Why it is called Bugle I have no idea, perhaps it is those long 'trumpet like' flowers?