Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Chrysoplenium opossitifolium
of the Saxifrage family
a perennial
5 -15 cm high
blooms April - July
likes damp areas of woodland, riversides, acid soils
can be seen by the bushes adjacent to the Pond and between there and the Roman Bath-house

The leaves of this plant once were eaten as a vegetable. The scientific name means "golden spleen" as the shape of the leaves were thought to be like that of the spleen. This also led to the belief that illnesses of the spleen could be treated by eating the leaves or by drinking infusions made from the leaves