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Narthecium ossifragum

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Narthecium ossifragum means ‘Brittle boned’. It’s the Latin name of Bog Asphadel a plant of our boggy areas with subtly beautiful yellow flowers. The name came from the belief that the plant made the bones of grazing sheep weak. As always there’s some truth in these old fables. The sheep would be grazing grass on wet acid soils where the Asphadel grows. The acid soil would have yielded grass with low calcium content that would ultimately have had an impact on the calcium in their bones.

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Bog Asphodel 1

 

Bog Asphodel

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