01690 720214

Cuckoo Flower

Dave Cheetham (April)



Out walking yesterday I came across this patch of Cuckoo Flowers.
Also known as Lady's Smock or Milkmaids, they prefer damp areas and their petals range from pink to white.
The Cuckooflower gets its name because it first appears in April - at the same time as the cuckoo.
Standing at about 30cm tall and in this case growing in a large clusters, the cuckoo flower is quite striking and, on close inspection, very beautiful.

The leaves of young shoots can be eaten raw or cooked and are rich in vitamins (particularly vitamin C) and minerals. The Cuckooflower used to be a popular salad plant with a strong cress-like flavour.
The leaves of the flowering Cuckooflower plant are still used as herbal remedies for chronic skin complaints and asthma.

In ancient times cuckooflower was believed to be sacred to the fairies, and as so it was unlucky to bring it indoors. As a result it was deliberately excluded from May day garlands.

Cuckoo flower is a popular haunt for the Orange-tip butterfly. It is also a good place to find 'cuckoo spit'. but that's another story.........






Got A Date Available - Need An Adventure To Match?

Find out what's going on at the National Mountain Sports Centre between any date range on this handy new search page



Adventure Sport
Summer Camps (Age 12-17)

Summmer Camps For Young People Aged 12-17Young climbers, mountaineers, paddlers and mtb riders aged 12-17. Develop your outdoor skills with our top coaches on one of our residential summer camps.


ENVIRONMENT SYMPOSIUM FOR MOUNTAIN LEADERS

Environment Symposium For Mountain LeadersThe 2017 Plas y Brenin Environment Symposium for Mountain Leaders and Mountaineering Instructors wil....



FAST TRACK INSTRUCTOR SCHEME
OPEN DAY

Fast Track Instructor Scheme<br/>Open DayJoin us for a free information day on 18th September and find out how the Fast Track Instructor Sche....



SCOTLAND COURSES 2018

Scotland Courses 2018Just a reminder that our Scotland 2018 course dates are now live. So if you are looking to gain more....



PEAK PERFORMANCE FOR PLAS Y BRENIN PADDLING TEAM

Peak Performance For Plas y Brenin Paddling TeamWe are delighted to announce that we've launched an exciting new partnership with kayak clothing man....



BMC WOMEN OUTDOORS WEEK 5-15 AUG 2017

BMC Women Outdoors Week 5-15 Aug 2017Come and get active for the BMC's Women Outdoors Week here at Plas y Brenin. We have talks, activiti....



What's On In Our bar?

Our friendly and lively bar is open to the public. From talks and lectures to film nights and live music, there's always something going on. Find out what's coming up next here



Adventure Sport
Summer Camps (Age 12-17)

Summmer Camps For Young People Aged 12-17Young climbers, mountaineers, paddlers and mtb riders aged 12-17. Develop your outdoor skills with our top coaches on one of our residential summer camps.


Enhanced Learning Credits

Enhanced Learning CreditsThe Enhanced Learning Credit Administration Service offers funding for armed forces personnel. Plas y Brenin is able to accept ELCAS funding for a few specific non residential courses.




Weather Forecast, Tides and Surf Conditions

Find out what the weather's doing in North Wales over the next five days.



Adventure Map


Working alongside UCLan
to educate
outdoor professionals

University Of Central LancashireFind out how we are working with one of the country's top universities to develop lasting careers in the outdoors.