Grass-of-Parnassus PLQ3 by Nicola Slaney of Moorcroft


Grass-of-Parnassus PLQ3 by Nicola Slaney of Moorcroft.

Grass-of-Parnassus is not actually a grass as its name implies, but is a plant whose five white petals create a cup-shaped flower that has at its centre a cluster of yellow stamens. The plant used to be commonly found, but today it is now confined to pastures, moors and marshes, mainly in the north of the UK, where the conditions are perfect for it to thrive. Also known as ‘Bog-Star’ due to its love for a wet and fertile soil in which to grow, it is the county flower of Cumbria and flowers between the months of June and September, bringing a shower of white stars to the Cumbrian landscape.