Explore some of the wildflowers commonly found within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
Can you find them all?
Created by Niamh Moran, Assistant Environmental Awareness Officer
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Buttercup Primrose Fox Glove
Making your garden bee friendly
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Environmental Awareness, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
with specs of
shaped with a
Found all year
Leaves: Long with
a deep tooth
Blue Bell Coinnle corra
occasionally can be
white. Flowers droop
on one side of the
fleshy and linear
Buttercup Fearbán reatha
yellow with 5
stems with basal
leaves containing 3
Colour: Pale yellow
(common) , can also
occur as white or pink
with a yellow centre.
Leaves: Hairy stalks
with basal leaves that
are wrinkled and have
a hairy underside.
Fox Glove Lus Mór
bell shaped flowers
with dotted throats.
Flowers can be white
Leaves: Basal leaves
with a soft underside.
Tall stalks reaching
heights of 60-180cm.
common in gardens,
Blooming Time: May-
Poisonous: Yes, do not
touch a fox glove if you
Gorse Ateann gallda
Leaves: Very spiny
Found all year round
Hawthorn Sceach gheal
Colour: White 5
can sometimes be
flowers. When the
plant is young it will
Leaves: Leaves are
pinnate and jagged.
Generally has a
weak stem that
grows as the fruit
Habitat: Found in
Colour: Creamy white flowers with purple berries. Leaves: Elder contains 5-9 leaves that are toothed. They are part of a deciduous tree or shrub. Habitat: Found in woodlands, hedgerows and scrubs Blooming Time: June- September
leaves and coarse
toothed. Tall stems
gravel pits and
Keeping your garden bee friendly
Hanging Baskets and Window Boxes If you don’t have a
garden to plant pollinators, add
some window boxes or hanging baskets with pollinator friendly flowers to your windows.
Slow to Mow Reducing the amount you mow your lawn is the most cost effective way to help
reduce a decline in pollinator species.
Plant some Pollinator Friendly Herbs Plant a herb patch in you garden. The following herbs are pollinator friendly and make a great addition to your kitchen for cooking!
Why not leave a patch of grass in your garden that you no longer cut? Bumble bees love a patch or area of long grass to use as a shelter during nesting periods. These patches will also create a short meadow that soon will be blooming with wild flowers and species that pollinators love.
Wildflowers: A wildflower means a flower that grows naturally in the wild and has not been planted intentionally
Habitat: is the place where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives and grows.
Toothed : A toothed leaf refers to a leaf that has an irregularly notched margin
Pinnate : A plant having leaflets arranged in a feather like shape, with leaflets found on either side of the stem in pairs opposite each other.
Basal: Basal leaves are leaves that grow from the lowest part of the stem
Grasslands: These are areas that are dominated by grasses as the main form of vegetation.
Hedgerows : A hedgerow can be defined as a line of closely spaced woody shrubs to form a continuous barrier.
Heath: This is a shrubland habitat. It is often characterised with infertile acidic soils and contains low growing woody vegetation.
Deciduous: This is a tree or shrub that sheds its leaves annually.
Find out more
National Pollinator Plan Find out more information on how to keep your garden pollinator friendly by accessing the National Pollinator Plan. This plan can be found here and is supported by Dún Laoghaire - Rathdown County Council
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Biodiversity Learn about biodiversity within dlr by visiting our Biodiversity page. This can be found here: https://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/heritage/bi odiversity
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Environmental Awareness
Learn about dlr waste prevention and school
awareness programmes here: https://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/environment /environmental-awareness-education
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