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Dog's Mercury Mercurialis perennis

A common plant often seen carpeting the floor of ancient woodlands, Dog's Mercury can quickly colonise and spread by its underground rhizomes (stems). It can be so expansive that it shades woodland floors and crowds out rarer species like Fly orchids and Oxlip. It produces small flowers from February to April, but leaves can persist throughout the year.

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Common.

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