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Creeping Willow

Salix repens

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Salicaceae (Willow)
Type:
Deciduous shrub
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, heathland, moorland, sand dunes, seaside.

Flower:
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Silver, no petals
 
A short-stalked, small, roundish, hairy catkin. Silvery-red in colour. The catkins appear before the leaves. Pollinated by bees.
Fruit:
The fruit is a capsule. Its seeds are oblong and densely plumed.
Leaves:
Opposite, short-stalked leaves (very variable in appearance). Usually almost untoothed.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Distribution Map

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