Wild flowers of Bradlaugh Fields #18 Lady’s Smock or Cuckoo Flower

Also found in a patch scattered over quite an area of the old school playing field near the Moulton Park Estate, are the pinky white or mauve flowers that are called variously milkmaids, lady’s smock, cuckoo-flower, which is related to wallflowers and less obviously perhaps, to cabbages and broccoli, though if you have ever seen these plants flower you’ll notice the similarities in form. Together with garlic mustard it is a larval foodplant for orange tip butterflies.

Cardamine pratensis

C. pratensis on old school playing field near Moulton Park

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2 thoughts on “Wild flowers of Bradlaugh Fields #18 Lady’s Smock or Cuckoo Flower

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