Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Meadow crane’s-bill

1. A few pieces of plant-lore I learned from my teenage friends in the country during the war:
Meadow crane’s-bill was known as thunder flowers, and one would incur the wrath of one’s friends if one picked some, as it was sure to thunder and cause a downpour! [Alnwick, Northumberland, March 1998].

2. Collected from north Antrim. Local flower name: Geranium pratense – meadow cranesbill – Flower of Dunluce.
I learnt this about 1920-30 from either my mother or other family or friends in Ballymoney or Ballycastle.
The only Irish habitat of this Geranium is on the north coast, from Ballycastle to near Portrush, near the castle of Dunluce [Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, January 1991].

Image:  Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire; July 2015.