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Batchelor's Buttons

Observed: 7th May 2012 By: corylus
Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Soc
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See this along country lanes & have found site to take pics. safely.Plant of my childhood which my father gave the local name of Batchelor's Buttons.

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Species with which Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea) interacts


Duxbury Rambler's picture

When I saw Batchelors buttons

When I saw Batchelors buttons I expected to see Cornflower - thats what my Gran always called cornflowers :)

ar8922's picture


My old 'The Concise British Flora in Colour' by W. Keble Martin lists Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium, possibly now Tanacetum parthenium) as Bachelor's Buttons.

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Batchelor's Buttons is normally used for Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), especially garden doubles. It shows the perils of common names!


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Makes sense

Feverfew does, after all, look more button like.

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My Gran who was born in 1891

My Gran who was born in 1891 love to tell the tale of the eligible Bachelors turning up at the local church with their bachelors buttons (cornflowers)in their lapel - looking for a sweetheart/wife.

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Common Names

Thank you all- did not expect such a response!! Our lovely, evocative common names can trip us up.Cornflowers are a better choice all round but Stitchwort will forever remind me of my Dad under the name of Bachelor's Buttons.Looks like Duxbury's Gran had some fun like my Gran did. June is a better month for love so many Spring babies.

Hazel Trevan