Remarkable Rosettes

Inspired by this amazing website, I’ve started a basal rosette ID project. I find them so fascinating, these wonderful spreads of leaves in geometrical patterns – they’re so gorgeous.

As a beginner botanist and ecologist, navigating some of these tricky leaves can be a bit of a puzzle! So I’m collating pictures of rosettes I’ve found and identified using these wonderful books:

  • The Wild Flower Key: How to Identify Wild Flowers, Trees and Shrubs in Britain and Ireland, by Francis Rose
  • The Vegetative Key to the British Flora, by John Poland and Eric Clement

This is an ongoing project so I will be adding to here as I observe new rosettes. Also, I welcome any corrections for any mistakes I’ve made in my identifications! If you have any thoughts please shoot me an email at

Borage family (Boraginaceae)

Cabbage family (Brassicaceae)

Daisy family (Asteraceae)

Figwort family (Scrophulariaceae)

Geranium family (Geraniaceae)

Plantain family (Plantaginaceae)

Teasel family (Dipsacaeae)

From miscellaneous families