Fleabane (common) Pulicaria dysenterica

Adding a touch of sun to the end of the flowering season, this vivid yellow bloom brightens many a ditch fond as it is of damp habitats.

Identification

The flowers are many petalled and around an inch wide. The leaves are broad and pointed. 

Distribution

Found throughout England and Wales, but sparser in the north. It is rarely found in Scotland.

Where to see

Anywhere with damp soil such as ditches and marshy land.

When to see

Late summer and early autumn.

Did you know?

Fleabane by name, fleabane by nature: its scent is an insect repellant. In the past it was kept in houses specifically for the purpose of driving away fleas.