Sunday, February 1, 2009
This is a post for flowers people often overlook because they grow close to the ground, don't smell and are small. The above photo shows some kind of Veronica, maybe Veronica persica, the Common Field-speedwell. I've always loved these flowers, they spread out all over the lawn and turn it in into a light blue field in the spring.
This is Cardamine pratensis, Cockoo flower. It attracts bees, bumblebees and butterflies and it's also a host plant for the larvae of the spittlebug. They build a nest made from foam that is called cockoo spit. Very icky when you put your hand in it while picking flowers. The Cockoo flower is edible whe young and tastes a bit like watercress.
Here's another flower popular with bumblebees: Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea). The young shoots of this plant can be eaten, too, and taste like mint or licorice. It was also used as a medicinal plant because it acts as a diuretic and diaphoretic agent when eaten in larger quantities or when the older plants are eaten.
Don't go and make a salad from these plants unless you are really sure you know what you are doing!! Better just enjoy their colours ;)
See more beautiful flowers over at Today's Flowers