‘Rothchild’s sunflower’ was originally planted to re-introduce Large Copper butterflies to the Woodwalton Fen nature reserve. Unfortunately Large Copper butterflies didn’t return but Bee’s and other insects are attracted to the large yellow flowers .
The reserve was onced owned by Charles Rothchild hence the name ‘Rothchild’s Sunflower’ It is rumoured that Charles Rothchild himself planted these flowers.
The plant is actually called Heartleaf Oxeye and it flowers for a couple of weeks during the summer.
Heartleaf Oxeye is a perennial herb that is part of the Daisy family. It grows to a height of 60-200cm and flowers in July and August. It certainly adds a burst of colour to the nature reserve.