I have always loved seeing this wild flower growing in the local fields, and usually en masse. It has a fairly long flowering period between April and October, and a magical ring of white anthers rise up tall on a slender, leafless stalk.
At the base of the flower above can be seen a well disguised caterpillar, probably that of a moth, which I hadn’t noticed when shooting at the time.
The Ribwort Plantain, also called ‘English Plantain’, can be found in meadows, pastures, on roadsides, waste ground, river banks, overgrown lawns, and even on sand dunes. It is fairly common and widespread throughout Britain.
The seeds are a good source of food for birds like Goldfinches during the autumn and winter months.
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Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata), local field, Staffordshire, England. May 2017.