Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Veronica chamaedris
of the Figwort family
a perennial
20 -40 cm high
blooms March-July
likes woodland, grassy places, hedgerows
can be seen around the Park. This is by the Roman Bath-house

The heart-shaped flowers of this plant have led to its folk-name of "Break-your-mother's-heart". Another name is "Bird's-eye Speedwell" due to the flower's eye-like appearance. It was thought that if anyone was unwise enough to pick these flowers, a bird would come and peck out their eyes, or even worse, their mother's eyes!