Common Names

20th Nov 2019

Common Names

I find the 'common' names of plants fascinating. Some of our wildflowers have been loved (or sometimes hated!) for centuries and the wide range of different local names for the same plant always interests me. Take the newest addition to our range, Lady's Bedstraw. Its Latin name 'Galium verum' doesn't do much for me, but here are a few of its other common names: Robin Run The Hedge, Maiden's Hair, Halfsmart, Cheese Rennet, Golden Dust and Lady's Tresses. Each name speaks of how the plant was used, or thought of, in times gone by.

See the plant details here