Sunday, 4 May 2008

Red Campion

The Red Campion growing among the bluebells, it is also a hedgerow flower. It is sometimes called champion and may have been named because the flower was used to make garlands or chaplets for the victors in public games or tournaments.
In folklore the red campion is dedicated to Robin Goodfellow and was sometimes called Robin Hood or Robin's flower.

(Illustrated Plant Lore by Josephine Addison)