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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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04 April, 2015

Yellow Archangel: the artillery flower | Nature Notes from Dorset

The yellow archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon) displays all of the characteristic features of the Labiate family (the mints); a square stem and tubular flowers. It is much like a yellow version of the more common white deadnettle.
This flower is found almost exclusively in broad-leaf woodlands, especially along woodland edges and rides. It flowers in May and June and is widespread in Dorset but not particularly common. It prefers rich calcareous soils which does limit its range a little.
 
This is also known as the artillery flower for reasons that are not exactly clear

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