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Flower  Hops

Hops - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

Latin name: Humulus lupulus

Size: Grows to a height of 6 metres

Distribution: Found in many parts of England and Wales

Flowering Months: July to August

Habitat: Hedgerows and thickets

Special features: Used in the brewing of beer since the late 1500's. Most of the plants growing wild are escapes from cultivation.

The female flowers ripen to form small, artichoke-shaped fruits. It's these which contain the aromatic oils giving beer its flavour.



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