The rarest of the migrant moths in recent weeks was the Bedstraw
Hawk-moth at Kenfig - only the sixth for the county of Glamorgan despite its range being from western Europe across to Japan.
In English quite a number of plant names refer to the Virgin Mary, such as Our Lady's bedstraw
(Galium) and Lady's candlesticks (Primula).
Among all the so-called common herbs are interesting plants such as Cancer sage, Blackberry lily, Jobe's tears, Lady's bedstraw
, and Mullein.
Plant spring-flowering species such as cowslips, bladder companion, lady's bedstraw
and fritillaries along with a sprinkling of later-flowering knapweed, ox eye daisy and field scabious, which attract the small blue and meadow brown butterflies.
Catherine's lace, Catalina Yerba Santa, Catalina liveforever, Catalina mount mahogany, Catalina manzanita, Catalina bedstraw
, Catalina ironweed and Catalina monkey flower.
Cleavers, annual bedstraw
, sticky-willy; Upland woods; Abundant and widespread; C = 1; BSUH 17869.
Species of plant Common name Pteridium aquilinum Western bracken fern Picea engelmannii Blue spruce Toxicodendron diversilobum Poison oak Artemisia californica Coastal sagebrush Artemisia douglasiana Mugwort Baccharis pilularis Coyote brush Lonicera interrupts Chaparral honeysuckle Non-local Lonicera Honeysuckle Sambucus mexicana Blue elderberry Arctostaphylos Manzanita Quercus agrifolia Coast live oak Quercus douglasii Blue oak Ribes californicum Hillside gooseberry Salvia mellifera Black sage Ceanothus cuneatus Buckbrush Cercocarpus betuloides California mountain-mahogany Rosa californica California wild rose Rubus ursinus Pacific blackberry Galium porrigens Bedstraw
insularis) E 1 SRI, SMI Santa Cruz Island lace pod (Thysanocarpus conchuliferus) E 8 SCI Herbaceous Perennials Hoffmann's rock cress (Arabis hoffmannii) E 5 SCI, SRI, (AI) Succulent Perennials Santa Cruz Island live- forever (Dudleya nesiotica) T 1 SCI Santa Barbara Island live-forever (Dudleya traskiae) E 10 SBI Small Shrubs Soft-leaved paintbrush (Castilleja mollis) E 2 SRI Sea-cliff bedstraw
(Galium buxifolium) E 8 SCI, SMI, (SRI) Island rushrose (Helianthemum greenei) T 36 SCI, SRI, SCT Full Shrubs Santa Rosa Island manzanita (Arctostaphylos confertiflora) E 3 SRI Island barberry (Berberis pinnata ssp.
Around the margins the colour is supplied by species such as ladies' bedstraw
, heathers and the uncommon chickweed wintergreen.
White Bladder Campion and the glorious pinks, Corncockle and Hoary Bedstraw
The larvae feed on bedstraw
and some of these may hatch and give rise to autumn adults in an influx year.
The nature reserve features plants such as knapweed, cowslip, pignut, lady's bedstraw
and great burnet.