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Green Hellebore (Helleborus viridis)
Rattery Daffodil  (Narcissus pseudo-narcissus Rattery Double form)

Photographs and text courtesy of Terry Underhill (Mouse over image to enlarge)

In a small light woodland area adjoining Knowle Farm, Rattery is an steadily increasing colony of a rare form of the British wild daffodil, Narcissus pseudo-narcissus known as the Rattery Daffodil. It looks like a normal Narcissus pseudo-narcissus in shape, size and colour, except on closer examination the trumpet is full of petaloid segments. The area was fenced and the late Harry Jonas,  a keen conservationist and nature lover, allowed his bullocks in for a time each year. The bullocks while controlling the vegetation disturbed the bulbs which became scattered. It is possible that only one bulb became doubled and it has been the bullocks over the years that have divided and spread the Rattery form, which now occurs in the neighbouring field of Knowle  Farm.

In my copy of the Flora of Devon, published in1939 and edited by Rev Keble Martin, there are references to the somewhat rare Green hellebore, Helleborus viridis  var occidentalis. While first recorded in an orchard near Islington in 1820 it was recorded in 1939 occurring in a number of Devon parishes. We are fortunate to have a small colony thriving in a shady bank close to the river Harborne in Knowle Farm. As the name indicates the flowers are pure green.   It occurs very locally in England and Wales as far north as Yorks and Lancs in woodland areas on calcareous (lime)  soils and it is still regarded as relatively rare.


RATTERY, or Rattrey, a small village on an eminence, four miles W. by N. of Totnes, has in its parish 485 souls, and 2823A. 3R. 23P. of land. Marley House, a large and handsome stuccoed mansion, with a fine lawn, is the residence of the Dowager Lady Carew, who is daughter and heiress of the late Walter Palk, Esq., and carried the manor of Rattery and other estates to the late Sir Henry Carew, Bart. Her eldest son, Sir. W.P. Carew, is now lord of the manor, but part of the soil belongs to R. Brown, Esq., and a few smaller owners. The Church is an ancient structure, with a tower, containing four bells, and crowned by a small spire. It has been repaired by Lady Carew, and now has a handsome appearance. Some of its windows have lately been decorated with stained glass. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £14. 10s., and in 1831 at £240, is in the patronage of Sir W.P. Carew, and incumbency of the Rev. R.P. Carew, who has a good residence and 60A. 3R. 5P. of glebe. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]