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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Wood Cranesbill - Midsommarblomster

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In Swedish, we call this flower midsommarblomster (= Midsummer flower).
The Latin name is Geranium sylvaticum. In England it is called Wood Cranesbill and is the county flower of Sheffield; and in North America it goes by the name of Woodland Geranium.

Depending on soil conditions, the flowers range from a mauve color to sky blue. It can also be found with white flowers. From the flower a blue-gray dye can be produced, which was used in the past to dye war cloaks (according to Wikipedia).

I came across these on my way to the Midsummer celebration; and again it was one of those occasions when the name just popped up in my memory from I-don’t-know-where-or-when.

4 comments:

Ginny said...

How lovely! I see that the leaves are geranium leaves! I love it that you always stop and smell the flowers along the way!

reanaclaire said...

Soothing to the eyes when looking at the flowers..

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Krista said...

Such pretty little blooms. They look delicate but I bet they are hardy; the small ones usually are!

Sandra said...

by any name at all, it is beautiful and my kind of flower. i love wild flowers in wooded areas.

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