10 native wildflowers blooming in summer

In the spirit of honouring British flowers, here are some native wildflowers that come into bloom over summer 

6th July 2018
flowers blooming in June
Dog Rose – Rosa canina

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Flowering period: May – July

In the 18th and 19th century it was thought that Dog Rose could treat the bite of a rabid dog, giving a possible explanation for its name.

Honeysuckle – Caprifoliaceae

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Flowering period: June – September

Honeysuckle has long been associated with various superstitions, one being that if it was planted around the entrance of a house, it could prevent witches from entering the home.

Enchanter’s nightshade – Circaea lutetiana

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Flowering period: June – August

The botanical name of this wildflower is named after Circe, a witch from ancient Greece, who notoriously turned men into animals.

Columbine – Aquilegia

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Flowering period: May – June

Part of the buttercup family, this flower is also the state flower of Colorado.

Kingcup – Caltha palustris

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Flowering period: March – August

Kingcup's are also known as Marsh Marigold, the term marigold came about when it was used in church festivals in the middle ages, as a devotion to the Virgin Mary.

Cornflower – Centaurea cyanus

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Flowering period: June – September

In folklore young men who believed they were in love wore these flowers, and if the flower faded quickly it represented that their love was not returned.

Water avens – Geum rivale

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Flowering period: May – September

The roots of this plant has many medical uses due to it containing high amounts of tannins, the root can also be used as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.

Forget-me-not – Myosotis

Forget me nots

Flowering period: April – June

The name comes from a German romantic tragedy, where a man falls into a fast flowing river while on a stroll with his lover. While being swept away he throws a bouquet of these flowers at her, shouting, “Forget me not!”

Scarlet pimpernel – Anagallis arvensis

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Flowering period: May – August

Best known as the emblem for the famous fictional character in Emma Orczy’s first novel, this British wildflower is probably our most pleasant weed.

Ragged Robin – Lychnis flos-cuculi

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Flowering Period: May – August

“flos-cuculi” is supposedly means “Flower of the cuckoo”, named as the first flowers of the Ragged Robin appear just as the British Cuckoos are first heard in May.

 

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