The flowers of Yellow Archangel come into bloom just as the Bluebells are fading, replacing the blue carpet of a spring woodland with a golden-yellow one. A plant of ancient woodlands and hedgerows, Yellow Archangel may well have got its common name from its virtue of not stinging, despite being part of the 'dead'-nettle family.
How to identify
Looking a bit like a Stinging Nettle, Yellow Archangel is a hairy perennial with heart-shaped or oval, toothed leaves and whorls of yellow flowers that appear up the stem in May and June.
Where to find it
Grows across the UK, but mainly in England and Wales.
When to find it
How can people help
The Wildlife Trusts manage many woodland nature reserves sympathetically for a range of spring flowers, from bold Yellow Archangel to fragrant Ramsons, showy Bluebells to delicate Wood Anemones. A mix of coppicing, scrub-cutting and ride maintenance open up the woodland floor to the sun, helping many flowers and plants to thrive. You can help too: volunteer for your local Wildlife Trust and you could be involved in everything from traditional forest crafts to raising awareness about woodland wildlife.