Bog Asphodel flowering has started to finish for another year and the flower heads are turning from bright yellow to a deep orange.
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You can keep your orchids, I always think this is one of our most exotic-looking flowers...
This is bog asphodel as you say but have you ever come across Scottish asphodel as it is supposed to grow up your way.
The specific name 'ossifragum' is interesting. This plant is supposed to cause brittle bones in sheep when it is abundant. Quite likely the problem is due to the lack of calcium in boggy, acid soils and in the pasture growing on them rather than the effect of the plant itself.
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I am not sure whether we have the Scottish asphodel in Assynt, I will check in Ian Evans book ''The Flora of Assynt'
that's gives plants and locations
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I have bought a copy of 'The Flora of Assynt' and it shows Scottish Asphodel is present in the area.
But it is not common only found in a small area around Inchnadamph, at 100-200m by rivers on Durness Limestone.
A lovely flower which adds a splash of colour to local acid bogs. The yellow is persistant enough that it was used as a hair-dye and as an alternative to safron in medieval cooking. Safron was the most expensive spice in the world at around Â£1 a pound in the 15th Century (over a month's wages for a skilled mason), yet it was much sought after. Therefore, bog asphodel was popular as it made it look as though you were richer than you were. The Medieval equivalent of wearing Nike rip-offs!
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