Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park

 
 

Cuckoo Flower
Cardamine pratense
of the Cress family

a perennial
20-60 cm high
blooms April-June
likes moist places in grasslands, open woodlands and hedgerows
can be seen on the grassland by the Clyde.

   
 It is thought this flower got its name from the fact that it comes into bloom when the cuckoo sings without stammering. It has the alternative names of Lady's Smock and Milkmaid probably due to its springtime flowering. However in Germany it was thought if the flower was taken indoors the house would be struck by lightning.