Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Fairy foxglove

1. Fairy foxglove is a small purple flower which grows intermittently on stone walls in north-east England. Local tradition says that it only grows where Roman soldiers have trod, and certainly it is to be found in the village of Wall (which is, of course, located near Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland) [Hexham, Northumberland, June 1990].

Image: Battle, East Sussex; May 2014.