Lady’s smock

Lady's smock
Lady’s smock

As children we called this flower cuckoo spit because the stems were usually holding a blob of white foam with a small wriggly thing inside.  Now I know that the small wriggly things were froghopper nymphs.

The proper name of the flower is Lady’s Smock (Cardamine pratensis).  There are many superstitions around picking the flower – it could cause thunderstorms or attract adders.  A sound reason not to pick a bouquet of lady’s smock is that a bunch of froghopper nymphs would be making themselves at home in your house.

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