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Throughout the site you will find references to many wild plants. Visit the Featured Species page to find out more about some of them.
Corncockle (Agrostemma githago)
Art historian and television presenter Philip Mould used his knowledge of plants to track down a lost portrait of Prince Arthur, Henry VIII's older brother and first husband of Katherine of Aragon.
When the painting first came up for sale the unknown figure was described as holding a Tudor rose. Philip Mould investigated the flower further and noticed the distinctive stigmas of a gillyflower or Dianthus species. This new information coupled with a search of the royal inventories at Windsor enabled the portrait to be identified as that of Prince Arthur.
The gillyflower or clove pink was a popular and important flower of medieval England which may have been introduced by the Normans. Chaucer talks of them being added to ale for its flavour and Shakespeare calls them the 'fairest flowers o' the season'. Its relatives both native and naturalised in Britain, include the pink (Dianthus plumarius), the Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria), Maiden Pink (Dianthus deltoides) and Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus).
Philip Mould: 'wild plants are fundamental to our culture history - I would urge any one with an interest in wild plants, art or history to take part in the public participation project to create a Bayeux Tapestry – perhaps a few more historical mysteries will be solved along the way!'