10 native wildflowers blooming in summer

British Flowers Week is upon us (19-25 June) and events across the country will be celebrating seasonal, locally grown flowers and the skills of independent florists. In the spirit of honouring British flowers, here are some native wildflowers that come into bloom over summer. 

10th June 2016
flowers blooming in June

Dog Rose
Rosa canina

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.


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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.


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Flowering period: May – June
Part of the buttercup family, this flower is also the state flower of Colorado.

Caltha palustris

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.

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 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

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

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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