Walk the walk on the Green track to find this beauty.From the trailhead head west along the loop and in no time you will see on your right clusters of this beautiful plant on the fringes of the track.As far as I can make out the plant is a perennial and a native.
Charlotte de la Bedoyere in her lovely book 'Portrait of a Woodland' has this to say " ...a single plant is unspectacular but viewed en-masse - they usually grow in large ground-covering colonies - they are truly enchanting.If you go into the woods at dusk,or even in the dark with a torch,their white spires light up like a mass of tiny candles.It is a true woodland plant that evokes haunting and magic .If they got up and walked,it would not be difficult to imagine a crowd of sprites on the move."
In the book Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe mention is made that while the plant can be easily overlooked with it's small two-petalled white flowers it is better known for its bur-like fruits which become entangled in socks or pet's fur.This is the plant's method of dispersal courtesy of passing animals or humans.Flowers June through August.So there is still time to see it.
I can still remember as a boy picking the burrs from my socks before going in the door at home after the day spent in the woods and hills about Clonmel.
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