The embankment flowers in summer

The embankment flowers in summer

It is mid-August, many flowers have already seeded and will bloom again next year, if the mowing is late. Some species manage to cope with heat and drought and are discovered at the edge of embankments, hollow paths and in hedges.

Bitter sweet nightshade

J-F. Mahé The bitter sweet nightshade stands out for its frail purple bells with an orange heart. It grows on the edge of damp paths and clings to fences. Toxic, it will develop berries in the shape of small cherries.

Wild clematis

J-F. Mahé Wild clematis is invasive in hedges. During the summer, it is covered with a multitude of starry white flowers which, withering, turn into a sort of cottony down.


J-F. Mahé Teasel is a tall, lilac-colored plant with upright habit. The petals hang on spiky pricks. The leaves are also spicy. This plant was widely used in the wool industry for fiber carding.


J-F. Mahé The blackberry: when the bramble is dressed in clusters of pink flowers, it's a good sign for future picking of blackberries and making jellies!


J-F. Mahé Yarrow, with white umbels, is common in our countryside. It is renowned for its healing properties.


J-F. Mahé Honeysuckle hangs in hedges. Its yellow and white flowers, very cut, attract the walker by the heady fragrance they give off.


J-F. Mahé Nestled in the hollow of the slopes, very discreet with its light and fluffy foliage, wild mint is distinguished in summer by emitting lilac flowers, very popular with foraging insects, grouped in elongated spikes.

Striated linear

J-F. Mahé The striated lineaus is a small perennial plant, discreet by the delicacy of its stem and the pallor of its flowers. It flowers all summer in dry or rocky soils.

Centaury jacée

J-F. Mahé The centaury, also called "sparrow head", belongs to the blueberry family. It flowers all summer and cannot go unnoticed with its bright pink color.


J-F. Mahé The yellow lotier, with a slightly orange heart, is also called "Pied de poule" or "Clog of the bride" because of the shape of its flowers. It thrives on all types of terrain and is known for its calming properties.