thegardenimpressionists's picture

Lacy White Flower

Observed: 19th July 2011 By: thegardenimpres...
Lacy White Flower

Phlox-like, lacy,white flower approx 12" tall observed on roadside while walking between Culbokie and Alness in Scotland.Any suggestions gratefully received.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) interacts


gamebird's picture

Sweet Cicely?

I don't know what it is but it's definitely not Sweet Cicely. That finished flowering a while ago and the petals aren't as fancy as those shown in your picture.
It's hard to tell without being able to see the leaves but I think it might be a garden escape of some sort.

Dryopithecus's picture

Sorry, gamebird

.. but I didn't refresh my web-page until after I'd posted my comment, so I didn't see your posting until too late.


Dryopithecus's picture

The petals look too deeply divided

The petals look far more deeply divided than in previous observations of Sweet Cicely, and the styles don't diverge as much as they should, but I can't see what else it could be!

Could it be a garden escapee?

Photos of the sides of the umbels, the leaves and especially the fruits would be a great help.


thegardenimpressionists's picture

Lacey white flower

Unfortunately I don't have any more info as the photo was taken by my brother-in-law as he was walking from Lands End to John O'Groats - not surprisingly he can't go back for another look as he's now some 20-30 miles futher north! I'm thinking it's probably a garden escapee as well, though it would be nice to know what!
Thanks for the help so far.

Dryopithecus's picture

It is, of course, "just" hogweed!

The moral is: don't look for a complex solution before you've examined the obvious ones!

Another lesson is that some of our most common weeds are really beautiful, if you look at them objectively.

The common house sparrow is also beautiful, if you take a fresh look at it, and the blackbird has a more varied &, to me, more interesting song than a nightingale.