Sunday Quiz – North London Plants – The Answers!

Dear Readers,  we had two teams playing this week – Rosalind and Mark Atkins got a very respectable score of 7.5 out of 10 but it was the redoubtable Fran and Bobby Freelove who got ten out of ten, so well done Fran and Bobby! Are they unbeatable, I wonder? Let’s see with our Easter quiz tomorrow…..

1). Stinking iris (Iris foetidissima) – its leaves are said to smell like roast beef if crushed.

2) White Bryony (Bryonia diocia) – yes, a member of the cucumber family!

3. Musk Mallow (Malva moschata) – the plant was believed by St Simeon to have cured his blindness

4. Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsis) has soft, hairy leaves, much favoured by carder bees (and people in need of toilet paper, allegedly)

5) Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) – its leaves are thought to resemble coins, and of course it has golden flowers.

6) Meadow Vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis), eaten by the caterpillars of the wood white butterfly.

7) Sweet Woodruff (Gallium odoratum), used as a bedstraw, and to flavour the beer Berliner Weisse, and a German drink called May Wine.

8) Sorrel (Rumex acetosa), the leaves of which are, indeed, lemon-flavoured.

9) Bird Cherry (Prunus padus) – birds do eat the ‘cherries’, but the stones are full of cyanide.

10) Danish Scurvygrass (Cochlearia danica) – spreading along the side of the road where there’s run-off from salting for ice.

 

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