Friday, 31 July 2009

Cuckoo Flower

Cuckoo flowers (Cardamine pratensis) are found in wet grassland areas or anywhere it is waterlogged. I found this one flowering just outside of a barn on the farm on the where i studied countryside management. There were also lots flowering along side of the river that runs through the college.
Cuckoo flower has a number of different names. Lady's Smock or Milkmaid are the common names given to Cuckoo flower. Cuckoo flowers are quite common and to my knowledge only have a few uses. It makes up a mix of wild flowers which are great for wildlife in meadows and gradens. They are particulary attractive to butterflies like the Orange Tip butterfly. Once it was also used as a substitue to watercress.
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