Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Rose campion

1. My grandmother, in her early 80s, in south Cornwall, gave me the name prick-nose for rose campion, due to the effect of the stiff spike at the centre of the flower on unsuspecting admirers [London Natural History Society, June 2023].

2. Welsh: dail gwynion, the white-leafed one, and menyg y merched, the maids gloves [e-mail, April 2021].

3. Rose campion = Flaunting Betty – an elderly lady in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, told me that was what they were called when I admired some growing in her garden [e-mail, June 2020]

Image: Staplehurst, Kent, June 2022.