Flowers found on Canal Banks


 

Marsh Marigold
Cottongrass
Yellow Iris
Hemp Agrimony
Stitchworth
Purple Loosestrife

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the flowers found on the banks of the Grand Canal:-

Marsh Marigold
This brilliant yellow flower or Kingcup, decorate the edges of the canal from April to June.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cottongrass
This likes a home in damp places and is found on the sides of the canal. It is a member of the sedge family. When the ripe fruits develop they have unmistakable tufts of cottony hairs that catch the wind and the seeds from within are dispersed with the wind.

 

 


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Yellow Iris/Flag
The word Iris is the Greek for rainbow. The plants are grown in gardens for their show. They flower in various shades of yellow, violet blue and white. It is also known as yellow flag.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hemp Agrimony
This grows above the mud-rooted irises in damp ground. Each small flower is a cluster of five even smaller 'florets'. Its leaves have serrated margins.

 

 

 

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Stitchwort
Further up from the damp canal bank in a grassier zone stitchwort is found. Many wild flowers have 'wort' as part of their names. It is a word that was once given to plants that could be used to cure illnesses. Stitchwort was made into a medicine to treat a pain or a 'stitch' in the side.

 

 

 

 

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Purple Loosestrife
In the late summer the rich reddish purple flowers of this plant bloom. Different plants may have any one of three sorts of flowers. The juice of purple loosestrife is rich in tannins and has been used as an alternative to oak bark for tanning leather.

 

 

 

 

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For more information on flowers by the Grand Canal go to the Irish Wildflowers website.

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Ms. Dillon's 4th class provided the information for this page.