It is a refreshing change to see spring flowers across the UK once more as spring approaches. The lighter nights and warmer days may lead you outdoors more frequently now and the bright and beautiful flowers should put a smile on your face. The next time you come across one of our many wonderful spring flowers you won’t need a botany degree to know which ones are which, thanks to our handy guide to common spring flowers.
Daffodils are the benchmark of spring and when they make an appearance, you know the lighter nights are on their way at last. Also known as Narcissus, the daffodil comes in a variety of shades, including white, yellow and orange. Although very pretty to look at, daffodil bulb and parts of the leaves are poisonous and have been confused with onion bulbs in the past, leading to quite a few cases of accidental poisoning.
The white Snowdrop gets its name from the way its petals ‘drop’ down from the stem as it grows. Snowdrops are a common sight in England during the spring and large areas can become covered in a carpet of flowers quite quickly. In many countries these days, it is illegal to take the bulbs and flowers of certain varieties of snowdrops from the wild, so be careful before you start collecting a bouquet for your coffee table.
The Common primrose, or English primrose, flowers in early spring and is actually one of the earliest spring flowers in most of Europe. This is how is got its name which comes from Old French primerose or medieval Latin prima rosa, meaning ‘first rose’. The wild primrose was very popular with Victorian cottage gardens and nowadays garden centres stock the wild variety for gardeners to grow themselves. Primrose flowers and leaves are edible and are often used in teas, wine and as a garnish for food.
Although some species of this flower resemble roses, and have adopted such names as the ‘Christmas Rose’, Hellebore is not related to the rose family at all. Hellebores appear in spring and are often grown for their beauty, medicinal properties and in herbal remedies. They are particularly popular in gardens as they are quite resistant to frost and some a virtually evergreen. Growing in a variety of colours, some species of Hellebore are quite poisonous and should be handled with care.
Due to their delicate shape and delightful colours, spring crocus are often used as a decorative flower, brightening up pot plants, hanging baskets and flower gardens across the UK. Crocuses are widely spread throughout the world and varieties can be found in central and southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, across Central Asia and in western China. Crocuses are native to woodland, scrub and meadows and bloom in great numbers throughout spring.
Native to China, Forsythia is rarely found growing wild in the UK but has become popular with growers over the years. During the 19th century, explorers and traders came across this beautiful flower in the Far East and brought cuttings of it back home to grow in their own gardens. Prized for their toughness and dazzling yellow flowers, the forsythia is a common sight in landscaped gardens and parks.
The Common Hazel flower blooms in early spring and is extensively grown for its nuts, which are a very popular snack and cooking ingredient across the world. As for the flowers themselves, the Celts believed that these pale yellow flowers imbued the nuts with wisdom and inspiration and whoever ate them would become a great leader and thinker. Several hybrids of hazel also grow across the world, alongside the original varieties, and the oldest species ever found was the Corylus johnsonii found in fossils in America.
A delicate little flower, this bell-shaped spring snowflake is native to central and southern Europe, although it also grows in a handful of other places and is often cultivated by associations such as Ceredigion Growers . The spring snowflake is predominantly white in colour with a small green or yellow spot on the edge of each tepal. In 2002, the Leucojum aestivum (to give it its proper name) was designated the official county flower of Berkshire. It was also often found in the Loddon Valley, and so gained the alternative name of the ‘Loddon Lily’.
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