Woody Nightshade blooms around the footpaths at RSPB Leighton Moss. The perennial vine scrambles over other plants, and can reach a height of twelve feet where it discovers fallen trees to envelop. Its star-shaped flowers grow in loose clusters, with five purple petals and yellow stamens bringing a double flash of colour to the paths of the reserve.
In the Middle Ages the plant was thought to be effective against witchcraft and was sometimes hung around the neck of cattle to protect them. At RSPB Leighton Moss, cattle graze the land in order to maintain suitable conditions for birds at all times of year. The limestone grassland and woodland support a large variety of nationally important plants, including woody nightshade.
With a deftness of touch and colour, Moorcroft Pottery designer Nicola Slaney places her flowers above an assortment of woody nightshade berries and leaves on her 8-inch vase. The result binds everything about this extraordinary plant into one delightful piece.
The Woody Nightshade vase comes in a limited edition of 25.
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