Wild Flowers of Britain - A Treasury of Traditions, Superstitions, Remedies and Literature- Hardcover


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Wild Flowers of Britain - A Treasury of Traditions, Superstitions, Remedies and Literature- Hardcover

By Rosamond Richardson

‘I love all wild flowers (none are weeds with me)’ - 19th-century poet and naturalist John Clare.

From hedgerows to meadows, wildflowers can be found throughout our green and pleasant land. In this book, journalist and garden writer Rosamond Richardson traces the history and myths behind each flower to discover the fascinating ways in which the plants were used.

Discover which flower used as a medieval lie-detector to test the innocence of suspected criminals, or stuffed in the shoes of Roman centurions to prevent damage to their feet as they marched. From periwinkles, beloved of Chaucer, and the oxlips and "nodding violet" growing in the forest of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the book celebrates the important role wildflowers have played in literature, as well as their uses in food and medicine, and the history, myths, and tales behind each species.

This book is a celebration of the bountiful history behind Britain's beloved wildflowers and is perfect for anyone with an interest in gardening, history, or the natural world.

Philosophy and History, Mythology and Magic

We think this book chimes perfectly with those with an interest in botanical history, and creatives will appreciate the literary connections. Learn why darkly spreading violets - the first heralds of Spring - are found near monastic ruins, or why the 'wicked and pernicious weed' the hop became the staple ingredient of beer. You will be charmed by the habits of the pearly underwing and stout dart moths visiting the humble little Dandelion - one of nature's great healers - and learn which little flowers became the favourites of philosophers. Overall, a treasury of information that pairs wonderfully with studies of British folklore.

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