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Bog Asphodel




Bog Asphodel - July - Penistone hill, Haworth


Bog Asphodel

Bog Asphodel is a member of the Lily family, it grows up to 30cm on an upright stem. It has yellow star like flowers which can be seen from mid July to August. Its habitat is Acid bog, wet moorland and heaths.

Old folklore thought that if cattle ate it their bones would become brittle, this is more to do with the poor nutrients in the land it grows on rather than the actual plant, its Latin name Narthecium ossifragum the "ossi" as in bone refers to the association with calcium deficient land.

July 13th 2009: Bog Asphodel beginning to flower at Penistone.




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