Woodland flowers

Wild daffodil

Wild daffodil

The wild daffodil can be found throughout England and Wales but it is rarely common. Populations in the New Forest are scattered, but some are quite large.

It prefers ancient woods that have rich fertile soil and where the ground is damp, for example close to streams or wet flushes. It will also grow in ancient grasslands next to the woods.

The wild daffodil flowers in March and early April. Some of the best populations are in Pinnick Wood, north-east of Ringwood, but it can be tricky to find because of the boggy ground. A better place to look may be along the lane-sides joining Poulner to the New Forest.

ID tip - Daffodils are so well known that they do not need any description. The truly wild ones are more delicate than the garden varieties. The petals are a paler yellow than the trumpet and are not held as erect as the garden varieties.

The beauty of wild daffodils inspired Wordsworth's famous poem 'I wandered lonely as a cloud', and in some parts of the UK special trips were made to see them in spring.

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  2. Bluebell
  3. Lesser celandine
  4. Wood anemone
  5. Narrow-leaved lungwort
  6. Foxglove
  7. Wood spurge
  8. Butchers broom
  9. Wood sorrel
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