Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Plants on Belfast Murals

Protestant ‘Loyalist’ and Catholic Republican communities in Belfast have created a large number of murals to define their areas.  Catholic murals praise ‘freedom fighters’, while Protestant ones condemn ‘republican murder gangs’.

Some Catholic murals incorporate Easter lilies (altar, or arum, lilies, Zantedeschia aethopica), associated with the 1916 Easter Uprising.

Protestant murals tend to hark back to the Battle of the Somme and World War I, and feature the red poppies (Papaver) which the Royal British Legion promotes each year before Remembrance Sunday.  Memorials incorporating such poppies are also displayed near sites where Protestants have been killed by Republicans. Orange lilies (Lilium), which are associated with the Protestant Orange lodges were seen only on one mural, that marking the 50th anniversary of the founding in 1962 of the Whiterock Flute Band.

All photographs taken 14 April 2017.