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Cuckoo Flower or Lady's Smock (Cardamine pratensis)


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A pretty flower common in damp meadows and by streams. It was associated with milkmaids hence the nickname Lady's smock. It also had more sinister connections and it was once believed that, if you picked the flower and took it into your house, it would be struck by lightning. The flowers can range from white to lilac. It flowers April - June. The fruits are long and stand upright on the plant. Picture taken at Felmersham, Bedfordshire April 29th 2006.

1st May 2006 by Diane Earl

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