A few thoughts on Plant Lore inspired by the wildflowers at Clonterbrook House
Some musings from Leader Frankie following the recent lovely Dawn Chorus and Breakfast BBQ outdoor meeting.
- Named after the Greek God Anemos who sent flowers ahead of him in Spring
- Aka wind flower/ smell-foxes (as have foxy smell).
- Pheasants eat the flowers.
- Leaves were used medicinally in poultices.
- Aka witches thimble, crow-toes, ladies nightcap
- Only found on land fringing the Atlantic
- Bulbs were used to make glue and to make starch for rich people’s ruffs in Tudor times
- Protected plants. If their leaves are crushed they die
- Children were told not to pick them as protected by fairy magic
- Loved by bees, butterflies and hover flies
- In Language of Flowers they symbolise humility and everlasting love
- Scientists exploring if plants can be used to cure cancer
- A poisonous coloniser of ancient woodland
- (Dog prefix means false or worthless. This plant resembles Good King Henry or English Mercury, a nutritious vegetable)
- Smells like decaying meat
- Some species of ground nesting birds are attracted to it
- As are beetles, weevils, springtails and molluscs
- Aka Robin Hood, adder’s flower
- Male and female flowers are on separate plants
- Liked by butterflies, bees and hover flies
- Folklore says the plants protect fairies from being discovered and also guard bees’ stores of honey
- Medicinally seeds were used to treat snakebites
- It likes damp, heavy soils
- Leaves stay green all year
- It has a faint minty smell
- Before hops were introduced to Britain it was used in brewing ale to clear the beer and sharpen flavour
- Medicinally it was mixed with honey to cure coughs
- Areas of woodland that have persisted since 1600s, relatively undisturbed but could have been managed
- Covers only 2.5 % of UK
- Wild Garlic and Primrose are also indicator plants