These wildflowers were seen in May/June, fairly locally in the West Dorset area, Near Dorchester and Abbotsbury.
These Bee Orchids were on a road verge near to Dorchester. They aren't ordinary Bee orchids though they are of a rare variety named badensis (previously friburgensis). It differs from the standard form in having pink sepaloid petals.
This is variety badensis as it has a normal rounded and curled under lip whereas friburgensis has a flattened more pointed lip. Well I think so? The varieties can get quite complicated.
It's very pretty whatever it's called!
Bee Orchid - Ophrys apifera var. badensis
Bitter Vetch - Lathyrus linifolius
Honey Garlic is naturalised in the Abbotsbury area.
Honey Garlic - Nectaroscordum siculum
The 'nationally scarce' Sea Pea is locally abundant on Chesil beach as here at Abbotsbury.
Sea Pea - Lathyrus japonicus
I've been wanting to see this amazing plant for years and finally did on this hillside near Abbotsbury. I like everything about it, it looks weird, smells awful and feels revolting!
It's the deadly poisonous Henbane.
It has a very unusual smell which reminded me of horse sweat and it is covered in a dense layer of sticky hairs. Apparently the smell of the flowers alone can cause dizziness due to the cocktail of poisons it contains.
The flowers look beautiful yet sinister and the sticky hairs can trap hapless insects as can be seen here. One of the best plants I've seen this year. There aren't that many plants I'm reluctant to leave but this was one of them. I spent so long sitting next to them admiring them that I began to feel a bit light headed and very thirsty, they really are that noxious!
Henbane - Hyoscyamus niger