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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Veronica and Buttercup

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These blue flowers I remember from my childhood as “grandma’s eyeglasses” – in Swedish, “mormors glasögon”. I never had any idea why. Checking the Swedish Wikipedia article now I find the explanation that in the past, extracts from this plant were used to cure various eye diseases. The leaves have also been used to make herbal tea. Another Swedish name for it is Tea-Veronica. The Latin name is Veronica chamaedrys; in English the plant is also called Germander Speedwell.

The yellow ones are  Ranunculus acris –  English: Buttercup, Swedish: smörblomma ( “butterflower”).
A very common wild flower in Sweden.

5 comments:

Ginny said...

I LOVE it!! We have lots of the buttercups, but I'm not sure I've ever seen the Veronica. What a great picture, a feast for the eyes. And at least three different kinds of really pretty leaves, as well. The eyeglass story is good, you know I've also been getting into the flower folklore when I post a plant, so interesting and unusual. Again, I LOVE all your blue and yellow.

Sandra said...

from seeing the title only I was expecting kitty cats, these are beautiful and good ot know about the eyeglasses. i am sure all our lovely plants we take so many photos of were put there by God for a purpose, we just don't know what it is until you research it for us

GB said...

Speedwell and buttercups in proximatory profusion. Actually I don't think proximatory is a word but I thought it sounded good. I loved the photo.

dianne said...

Glorious flowers, I love the colours.
xoxo ♡

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader...have you tried the tea?

Dan

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