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Forget-me-not (Myosotis arvensis)Short annual with blue-grey flowers occasionally interspersed with pink flowers. Height: 10-40cmFlowers: April to OctoberGeeklet: Forget me nots have been used in the past for their astringent properties. The name Myosotis is derivation of the Latin and Greek for mouse and ears.
Musk mallow (Malva moschata)Description: A tall perennial with large rose pink petals.Height: 40-70cmFlowers: June to AugustGeeklet: The plant is cultivated for its seeds, which are used in perfumes. The plant also yields a fibre that can be used for clarifying sugar.
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)A tall perennial with a spectacular spike of magenta flowers.Height: up to 150cmFlowers: June to AugustGeeklet: A beautiful ornamental plant well suited to boggy areas.
Red campion (Silene dioica)A perennial with rose pink petals.Height: 20-60cmFlowers: March to NovemberGeeklet: Silenus the merry god of the woodlands in Greek mythology, gave his name to Silene dioica. The second part of its scientific name, dioica, means 'two houses', and refers to the fact that each Red Campion plant has flowers of one sex only, so that two plants are needed to make seeds.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)A perennial aromatic herb with white flowers arranged in a many flowered flat umbel head.Height: 8-60cmFlowers: June to AugustGeeklet: Yarrow is a common herb that has been highly regarded for its medicinal properties in Britain since Anglo-Saxon times, it is said that Achilles used this herb to treat the wounds of his soldiers.
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