I got to looking up some details on the Redshank as its one plant I’ve seen numerous times and always thought it looked like a little sweet or lollypop sticking out of the grass with its tiny red bead like flowers that hardly open. Like a lot of wild flowers it has some myths linked to it. The dark marks on its leaves, has over the years, been attributed to where either the Devil or the Virgin Mary touched it.
Harebells also has a fair bit of folklore. The flower of the fairies in England, it was thought patches of this flower were where fairies sheltered. In Scotland it was know as the bluebell or the Devils bell. Witches were thought to use its juice as part of their flying ointment and also to transform themselves into hares.
A native wildflower, Rosebay Willowherb is a pioneer species, as it’s often one of the first plants to colonise barren land. It was commonly seen growing on bomb sites during the Second World War where it got the name Fireweed or Bombweed.
The thistle has been Scotland’s national emblem for hundreds of years, since the reign of Alexander III (1249–1286). One legend goes that an army of invading Norsemen were attempting to attack a scottish camp when one barefoot Norseman stepped on a thistle. The resulting shout of pain alerted the Scots, who drove them away thus saving Scotland.