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Bienvenue à La Belle Vilaine
Self-catering, holiday cottages on the South Brittany/Loire Atlantique border in France.
Friendly family run gite accommodation where dogs are welcome.

(Many thanks to Richard Burkmar for his hardwork in compiling this list whilst on holiday!)

Vascular plant species list for La Belle Vilaine August 2007

I made this plant list between 11 th and 17 th August 2007 whilst staying in one of the holiday gites. Determinations were made with the aid of the following texts:

Rose, F & O'Reilly, C. 2006. The Wild Flower Key (revised edition). Frederick Warne Books, London .

Stace, C. A. 1999. Field Flora of the British Isles . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge .

The geographic area considered by both of these books is limited to the British Isles and they were therefore not ideally suited to the task in hand. Nevertheless, most determinations were made with confidence. Where I had serious reservations about a determination, I have indicated so below.

The entire grounds of La Belle Vilaine holiday gites were included in the survey including the hedges behind the gardens and the planted bank in front of the property. Meadow plants that were sown by Elaine and Paul in their garden have not been included.

The list is interesting because it includes a number of plants that are uncommon or rare in the UK . No doubt searches carried out in other seasons, particularly spring, would extend the list considerably.




Achillea millefolium



Agrostis capillaris

Common Bent


Anagallis arvensis

Scarlet Pimpernel


Arrhenatherum elatius

False Oat-Grass


Atriplex littoralis

Grass-leaved Orache

Identification not certain.

Bellis perennis



Bromus hordeaceus



Calystegia sepium

Hedge Bindweed


Castanea sativa

Sweet Chestnut


Centaurea nigra

Common Knapweed


Cerastium fontanum

Common Mouse-ear


Chenopodium album agg.



Cirsium vulgare

Spear Thistle


Conyza canadensis

Canadian Fleabane


Crepis capillaris

Smooth Hawk's-beard


Cytisus scoparius



Dactylis glomerata



Daucus carota



Digitalis purpurea



Euonymus europaeus



Fallopia convolvulus



Festuca rubra agg.

Red Fescue


Fraxinus excelsior



Galium aparine



Geranium dissectum

Cut-leaved Crane's-bill


Hedera helix

Common Ivy


Holcus lanatus



Holcus mollis

Creeping Soft-grass


Hypericum humifusum

Trailing St John's-wort


Hypochaeris glabra

Smooth Cat's-ear

In gravel in front of Gîtes amongst Hypochaeris radicata.

Hypochaeris radicata



Ilex aquifolium



Lactuca virosa

Great Lettuce


Leontodon autumnalis

Autumn Hawkbit


Linaria repens

Pale Toadflax

Some features did not match description in text. Possibly a species or variety not found in Britain .

Lolium perenne

Perennial Rye-grass


Lotus angustissimus

Slender Bird's-foot-trefoil

In lawn near front gate.

Lotus corniculatus

Common Bird's-foot-trefoil


Lotus pedunculatus

Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil


Matricaria recutita

Scented Mayweed


Medicago lupulina

Black Medick


Oxalis corniculata

Procumbent Yellow-sorrel


Picris echioides

Bristly Oxtongue


Plantago lanceolata

Ribwort Plantain


Plantago major

Greater Plantain


Poa annua

Annual Meadow-grass


Polygonum aviculare agg.

Knot-grass (agg.)


Prunella vulgaris



Prunus spinosa Blackthorn (species added to list by Elaine)

Pteridium aquilinum



Quercus robur

Pedunculate Oak


Ranunculus bulbosus

Bulbous Buttercup


Ranunculus repens

Creeping Buttercup


Raphanus raphanistrum



Rumex acetosa

Common Sorrel


Rumex crispus

Curled Dock


Rumex obtusifolius

Broad-leaved Dock


Sambucus nigra



Senecio jacobaea

Common Ragwort


Senecio vulgaris



Silene latifolia

White Campion


Sonchus asper

Prickly Sow-thistle


Sonchus oleraceus

Smooth Sow-thistle


Spergularia rubra

Sand Spurrey


Stellaria media

Common Chickweed


Taraxacum aggregate



Teucrium scorodonia

Wood Sage


Trifolium pratense

Red Clover


Trifolium repens

White Clover


Urtica dioica

Common Nettle


Veronica sp.


Not identified to species level.

Viola tricolor

Wild Pansy


An unidentified Cudweed occurred in the gravel around the gate. A fairly close fit to Jersey Cudweed
(Gnaphalium uliginosum ) - but not quite right.

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