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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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10 July, 2010

Bog Aspodel (Narthecium ossifragum)

The boggy areas of the Purbeck heaths are now brightened by the golden yellow flowers of the Bog Aspodel.

Flowering in July and August it brings much needed colour to the otherwise drab appearance of this landscape as we await the carpets of purple from the heathers.

Bog Aspodel is not uncommon in the right habitats which in Dorset are damp heathland, elsewhere they can be found on the moors of the north country.

A member of the Lily family the have star shaper flowers with six points. Golden yellow to start the plants turns orange as it ages.