Thursday, 26 May 2011

The Star of the Wood

Whilst walking in my local park this evening, I noticed this small plant.  About 10cm tall and delicately beautiful, it's flowering in large numbers in the birchwoods.

Not being too good with wildflower identification, I looked it up when I got home. It's Chickweed Wintergreen (Trientalis europaea) which is apparently neither a Chickweed or a Wintergreen but a member of the Primrose family.

As is so often the case, the Gaels have a much more descriptive and evocative name: "Reul na Coille" - Star of the Wood


  1. Excellent. That saves me looking it up! I found it on Bennachie and didn't know what it was either. I thought I was ok at wild flower identification, but it turns out that I'm only good at Orkney ones and the wildflowers in Aberdeenshire are often quite different.

  2. Hi Fiona, Glad to be of help! I guess having woodland flower species is a whole new ball game after Orkney? I hope you're settling in OK

    Kind Regards