Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)
Mike Raine (July)
This beautiful little flower has just come into flower. It can be seen in
the Llanberis Pass and Cwm Idwal. This example was spotted on this weekend
Mountain Environment Workshop (link) during which we studied geology,fuana,
flora and the human history of northern Snowdonia.
The Eyebright was used during the middle ages by ladies to brighten their
eyes which they considered made them more attractive and indeed it is used
to this day as a herbal remedy for eye infections. Its Welsh names is
'Llygad Siriol' which translates as cheerful eyes.