Hop Humulus lupulus

Wild hops are unobtrusive climbers in hedgerow and thickets and are sometimes found twirling up telegraph poles!

It is a dioecious species, which means that hop plants are either male or female. These flower in different ways: the male grows in green-yellow clusters while the female grows paler cone-shaped catkins which turn brown and papery when ripe.

Habitat

Cultivated land and hedges.

Best time to see

July-August when it flowers.

Did you know:

Hops are, of course, most famous for being used in brewing beer. However, it has been used down the centuries in a variety of ways: the Roman naturalist Pliny, describes it being eaten much like we eat asparagus today. It has also been used as a herb and to produce brown dye.

County flower of Kent.

Hop boughs decorate the bar of many Kentish pubs, and the plant appears on the arms of Tonbridge at the heart of the hop-growing country.