Rare plants enjoy purple patch

Carpets of purple viper’s bugloss and corn marigold, both rare arable plants, light up the landscape on a farm near Land’s End, west Cornwall. The display is the result of farmer Adrian Thomas’s participation in a Natural England Higher Level Environment Stewardship Scheme, in which areas of farmland were left fallow and springsown cereal crops managed with low nitrogen inputs and without artificial herbicides and pesticides.

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The result is a magnificent and environmentally beneficial display-purple viper’s bugloss is an excellent source of nectar and pollen that’s only found in a few places in the UK.

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