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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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26 May, 2010

Hound's-tongue (Cynoglossum officinale)

There are a few plants that are very rare in the United Kingdom that we have here in Dorset, especially along the coastal cliffs and the Purbeck Ridge.

Hound's-tongue is one of those plants, found quite frequently here it is now uncommon in other parts of the country. Indeed, the Dorset Environmental Records Centre is actively collecting records of this plant.

A member of the Borage family Hound's-tongue is also known as the roast beef plant as it supposedly smells like roast beef when rubbed. I have never made the connection! My field guide says it smells like mice and having had mice in our garage this winter I could go along with that description.

Although it is an untidy plant it has lovely maroon flowers that were not quite out when I took this photo.