Cuckoo Flower - Pink Wildflowers
These pretty pink wildflowers are seen on the Western Isles and indeed throughout Scotland and The UK, really are pretty. As spring gets underway they open wide showing the bright yellow anthers. Hebridean wildflowers at their best.
Western Isles Wildflowers
A lovely light pink wildflower that starts to flower in The Hebrides in the spring. It grows in damp meadows and moorland and alongside banks and streams - anywhere where there is a dampness.
Clusters of Pink Flowers
The cuckoo flower or lady's smock as it is sometimes called has clusters of pale pink, almost lilac flowers, each with four petals.
It flowers April - June and grows up to a height of 24 inches. The flowers are 1 to 2 cm's across. The cuckoo flower has a rosette habit. The stamens are half the length of the petals.
This lovely wild flower is a perennial which really does stand out, the yellow anthers being quite bright. and almost glisten in the grass.
Hermaphrodite - Male and Female
This wildflower has both male and female organs. The flowers are scented and are pollinated by bees
Flowers in Groups
The Lady's Smock was often used in bridal bouquets - but never in the month of May when it was thought to be unlucky.
In France The Cuckoo Flower Not used In May
- in fact in France it wasn't used in May at all as it was believed to be the favourite plant of the adders.
You Would be Bitten By an Adder
If if you picked it in May - you would surely be bitten by an adder.
|Inches and cm sizes are approximate|