Opposite-Leaved Golden Saxifrage Chrysosplenium oppositifolium

Opposite-Leaved Golden Saxifrage Chrysosplenium oppositifolium

This short, green and slightly hairy plant is almost always found in shaded wet soils within a few metres of a body of water – even if that body of water is more of a swamp than a babbling brook. It can be found across the UK and all year round, although it is most noticeable from early Spring until August-September.
There are minute and easily-missed golden-yellow flowers that almost appear to blend into the succulent leaves from March until April.
It is sometimes known as the Judas Tree, from the tale that Judas Iscariot hung himself from the bough of an Elder. There are also many (often paradoxical) folk tales surrounding the use and planting of the tree – from seeing the devil himself after burning the wood to planting Elder near a home to ward him off. Continue reading

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