Old man’s beard

Great to see some ‘old man’s beard’ aka ‘travellers joy’ along the Madeira Drive Green Wall this week.

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You will also know it as Clematis – this is ‘Clematis vitalba‘, which is native to the South of England. The ‘joy’ comes from the feathery seed heads which add interest to an otherwise usually barren hedgerow in the run up to Christmas. In this case, it is surrounded by flowering ivy and fruiting Japanese Spindle, a great mix of plants for wildlife as evidenced by the birds, bees and other insects making the most of the seeds and nectar late in the season.

Just one of the 100 species of plants now found on the UK’s oldest, longest green wall.

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