asimovsky's picture

Unknown plant (added via Android)

Observed: 21st May 2013 By: asimovsky
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this plant was growing in our front lawn. I cut them and put into a vase the perfume is strong and sweet. Could it be a form of jasmine. Any help identifying this plant would be welcome. Have left some growing to get the seeds to try and propagate

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Species with which Cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis) interacts


DebbieA's picture

Welcome to iSpot!

Welcome to iSpot and thanks for posting your first sighting!

As Chris has already said it is Cuckoo flower which is quite common in lawns, especially if it is quite damp. Its the caterpillar food plant for the orange tip butterfly so keep your eyes open for them flying around your lawn!

Best wishes


Debbie Alston

Amadan's picture

It has many names

Including Lady's-Smock, which I knew it as back in Worcestershire. It's another of those under-appreciated little gems in our landscape, I think.
You can buy the seeds commercially, but it should seed willingly enough, especially if - as DebbieA notes above - it is a bit damp.

Tim Rich's picture

doubt you'll get any seeds

doubt you'll get any seeds unless another clone is around to cross it with. You can propogate it by rooting the basal leaves (it does it by itself too)

Tim Rich

Amadan's picture

I'm chastened -

but not entirely surprised - that yet another long-held bit of my "knowledge" about wildlife is wrong.
It's not the first time I've discovered that some of the People Who Know often don't. They just appear confident.
Thanks for the correction, though - it's always good to learn, even if it is getting harder with age to remember it all!

Tim Rich's picture

I have no idea if seeds are

I have no idea if seeds are available commercially or not and was not 'correcting' Amadan - I was simply trying to help the finder Asimovsky propagate it by advising that seed is unlikely to be obtained from the garden plants and that it can be propagated readily from the basal leaves. And I do know about it - for evidence see the account of Cardamine pratensis in my BSBI handbook (1991)

Tim Rich

Amadan's picture

I understood that -

Just trying to explain that much of my knowledge was acquired by word of mouth (guided walks, casual encounters on reserves etc.), rather than systematic study. And it's not the first time I've found that it may not be reliable.
The availability of the seeds comment was based on a quick Google search. I also understand that some wildflower seeds are not from native strains, and are perhaps best avoided if propagation from local stock is possible.