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Buddleia, commonly known as Butterfly Bush, is an attractive garden plant known for its bright purple flowers popular with many forms of wildlife.
However, Buddleia davidii commonly colonises open ground and is often found on wasteland and frequently seen around industrial sites and railway lines.
A non-flowering native plant, it appears very primitive and not attractive at all.
Horsetail is rough to the touch. It produces erect stems that protrude from a rhizome. Fertile stems produce very characteristic leaves called microphylls that clasp the stem such that the stem appears leafless. Sterile stems produce characteristic needles that resemble pine needles so the plants look like small upright pine trees.
Native to Europe, Ragwort is a distinctive plant because of its bright yellow flowers and tall stems, typically reaching 0.8-1.5metres tall.
The species commonly inhabits open wasteland, undisturbed agricultural land and pasture, however it is toxic to livestock.
A spectacular blossoming plant however few people understand the true damage that this non-native species is causing to the ecosystem and in particular to native plant communities.
Rhododendron can grow to 3-5 metres in height in ideal conditions, forming a dense canopy that significantly restricts light penetration to the ground.
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