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The Cuckoo Flower

Sunday 14th May 2017

The Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine Pratensis)

This pretty pink flower is so named as it blooms around the return of cuckoos to our shores (April to July).  The name cuckoo flower dates back many centuries, the Tudors renamed this flower Lady’s-smock. Often found in grassland meadows this is reflected in the name, Pratensis is Latin for meadow.

Fun fact: These flowers are said to be sacred to the fairies, they are not used in May-Day garlands to avoid misfortune.

By Tom Cowley

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