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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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07 January, 2016

Bog Asphodel: golden stars





In July and on in to early August the boggy areas of the Purbeck heaths are brightened by the golden yellow flowers of the bog asphodel (Narthecium ossifragum), as they bring much needed colour to the otherwise drab appearance of this landscape as we await the carpets of purple from the heathers. A member of the lily family they have star shaped flowers with six points which are arranged in spikes. The flowers are golden yellow with a touch of orange to start, the plants turns orange as it ages and goes to seed.
Bog asphodel is not uncommon in the right habitats which, in Dorset, are damp heathland and bogs, elsewhere they can be found on the moors of the north country where it some times known as moor asphodel. Where it occurs it can be quite prolific and can form a lovely sight as they grow and flower together. 
Bog Asphodel: golden stars