Once again, I bring you a list of February Flowers from Enid Blyton’s Nature Lover’s Book. Over the previous four months we have brought you November, December and January Flowers. I hoped you all enjoyed those blogs because now you get to find out what flowers Blyton suggests you look out for this month!
Unfortunately for February, Blyton includes no message about the flowers in February like she does for the other months. So I will just share her descriptions of the flowers you can find this month.
- Henbit: Like the red dead-nettle, which we found last month, the red-purple henbit belongs to the Dead-Nettle Family. The leaves on the upper part of the stem sit round the stalk in a ring. The reddish flower is at the top of the stalk, and it two-lipped. Although it is really a summer or autumn flower, the henbit can be found in most months of the year, though naturally the early hen bit is not such a fine plant as the summer one.
- Barren Strawberry: This tiny strawberry-like flower can be found blossoming in February on warm banks along the lane. It can easily be recognized because the flower is just the same as that of our garden strawberry but much smaller, and the leaves are also alike, but smaller. There is no strawberry fruit. It is rather a dainty little plant, and catches the eye easily in the early part of the year.
- Dog’s Mercury: This green-flowered plant can be found in any shady place in wood or thicket. It send out its strings of green flowers just where the leaves meet the stem. In some dog’s mercury you will find one kind of flower (the male) and in others you will find another kind of flower (the female). See if you can find both flowers, and notice the difference. The leaves are oval-shaped, toothed all round, and they grow in pairs up the stem, which is stout and four-sided. If you live in Ireland you will not easily find Dog’s Mercury for it is rare there.
- Spring Whitlow Grass: Look for this small plant on warm banks or on old walls. It is a very tiny plant, with four-petalled white flowers. The leaves, which are long and narrow, grow in a little rosette at the bottom of a stalk, and from this rosette spring up in a few wiry flowering stems. The seeds germinate in the autumn, and the plant passes the winter as a little rosette of leaves. It flowers usually in the summer.
- Lesser Celandine: In a fine February this beautiful golden flower may be found opening its polished stars in warm and sheltered places. But in a cold month is must be looked for in March instead. It usually grows in big patches. The eight-petalled flower is very glossy. The leaves are dark and shining, and are heart-shaped.
So those are your flowers for February! I hope you have chance to go and see if you can find some of these beautiful flowers!