Astrantia major subsp. involucrata ‘Shaggy’

Astrantia major subsp. involucrata ‘Shaggy’ is a real winner, especially in Northern England. This species grows best in a damp, sunny spot. Blooming begins in June and continues well into October. The cultivar ‘Shaggy’ has notably larger flowers than others. These are produced plentifully throughout the blooming months.

Today I took some photos of Astrantia major subsp. involucrata ‘Shaggy’ in the garden. This plant is only a year old and is already providing a strong display. The photos are below, including a nice macro bee shot 👌

Butterfly Bush – The Best Common Name

Plants can be referred to by either a common or binomial name. Common names vary from place to place and from language to language, whilst binomial names are standardised worldwide. A species can have many common names but only one binomial name. As a professional Horticulturalist binomial names are more useful to me.

In the case of Buddleja sp. the common name “Butterfly Bush” has to be my preference. Today I took some photographs of the butterflies enjoying their bush! Photos below.

Above Vanessa atalanta.

Above Aglais io.