‘Flora Londinensis, or, Plates and descriptions of such plants as grow wild in the environs of London’ began with William Curtis' humble yet grand idea to document all of the species of flora in London and its ten mile radius. Inspired by the natural bounty of Lambeth Marsh, the descriptions of the plants included hand coloured copperplate prints by botanical artists such as James Sowerby, Sydenham Edwards and William Kilburn. The first volume of Flora Londinensis was produced in 1777.
This project was started in London and is now being continued in Sussex. It's aim is to elevate the humble weed or wild flower to the same status as more traditional garden plants.
Achillea refers to the Greek hero, Achilles, who used this plant to heal his soldier's wounds.
The name 'dandelion' derives from the french 'dent de lion' meaning 'lion's tooth', referring to the jagged leaves.
Also known as ramsons, wood garlic or bear's garlic. The latin 'ursinum' means 'pertaining to bears' from an old belief that bears were fond of the wild garlic.
Sometimes referred to as 'ranting widow, 'apple pie' or 'hairy willowherb'
The plant's scientific name comes from the Greek name for hawk - hierax. It was thought that the hawks ate the plant and this is why the hawk has such good eyesight.